Tuesday, May 15, 2007

this shit is fucked. up.

from Angry Black Bitch, via Anti-Essentialist Conundrum:

A 14 year old young woman I know told me that she had been raped.

She related that she went home after and then noticed that she was bleeding.

She then went to the hospital where she was examined. She was offered counseling and testing…and comfort in the arms of nurses and a doctor.

Then she was sent home.

Six days later we met for a Saturday outing...

A 14 year old was raped…she did the right thing and went to the hospital…she was offered tests and counseling…but she wasn’t offered emergency contraception.

...As a sister in the struggle I am beyond words.

A 14 year old was raped and she wasn’t offered the emergency contraception I have personally spent time working to make available to all women who find themselves in such situations.

I certainly want 14 year old rape victims to be given the option.

I sure as shit wanted the young woman in question to have been.

When we arrived at Planned Parenthood we got another dose of reality. It was too late for emergency contraception but too early to find out if the monster who raped her had also gotten her pregnant.

With an appointment having been set we left…walked out and got into my car…drove past the crowd of anti-choice protesters who chose that moment to thrust dead baby pictures at my window…

3 comments:

Sassywho said...

why don't hospitals have victim rights advocates on staff? nurses and doctors are not the ones who should/could handle these circumstances outside the medical concerns.

Amber said...

Too expensive, is my guess. A lot of hospitals are hemmoraghing money and cutting positions left and right. It's the patients that end up suffering the most, of course.

Andreas said...

why don't hospitals have victim rights advocates on staff? nurses and doctors are not the ones who should/could handle these circumstances outside the medical concernsThe goddamned hospital should've called an advocate. Almost every hospital in America has sexual assault response protocols requiring that the emergency room call out an advocate (at no charge to the hospital.) Do they actually do this?

No.

But that's a different story entirely.

-- ACS