A Nurse Practitioner Speaks the Truth about Sexual Assault

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[Editor’s note: Do young women have enough information about how their bodies work? It’s a question those who work in health care with sexual assault victims routinely confront. In the wake of Todd Akin’s shockingly ignorant remarks about rape, nurse practitioner Carolyn Ewell wrote this revealing and incredibly powerful post at Reporting on Health about her experience giving sexual assault exams in a rural community.–Mona]

We are about 150 miles from the nearest urban center, and about that far from the nearest Planned Parenthood office. If a woman is sexually assaulted and wants emergency contraception, she can see her own health care provider (none of whom is available weekends or holidays), or she can see me.

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