After a rape, survivors need treatment for a range of health-related concerns such as pregnancy, possible infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted
infections (STI), injuries, as well as symptoms of psychological distress.
If a charge has been laid, forensic evidence which complies with medical and legal requirements to help with the case is also needed.
Traditionally, this care has been provided by doctors. However, in the last few years, nurses have also begun to enter this arena. There is however no formal recognition for forensic nursing.
This means that there is a big gap between the work that nurses do in forensic nursing and policy.
This briefing paper, prepared by members of the Shukumisa Campaign, sets out what needs to be done to ensure that forensic nursing services become available to all victims of sexual offences, whether adult and child and the role that forensic nursing can play in the process.
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