Rape is serious

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Our American society takes rape seriously. Third world countries do not. The female anatomy and examination can be crucial to trial proceedings and the definition of innocence or guilt in a rape trial. The nursing assessment and collection of evidence is often performed by an emergency department nurse. Omission of an important feature can win or lose a case. In my organization, only specially trained Emergency Department RNs are allowed to utilize what we call the “Rape Kit.” This assures proper collection and assessment is performed to protect the client.

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