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An ED based sexual assault centre

Sexual violence is depressingly widely prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. Many victims present for treatment at the emergency department, yet care for victims does not appear to be typically consistent or standardised. In acknowledgement of this, a group from Western Kenya established a sexual assault assessment and treatment centre within their emergency department. Ranney and colleagues report on their experience with this initiative (see page 927). They were able to provide standardised treatment according to latest protocols, as well as gathering forensic evidence for possible future legal action. In keeping with previous research, most of the sexual assault survivors …

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