Rape and Justice: A reader forwarded this article that worries about the new Department of Justice guidelines for treating rape victims. Evidently, the guidelines don't mention emergency contraception. But, since they're from the Department of Justice, why would they? The goal of the Justice Department is to prosecute crimes, not to treat patients. We would expect the primary focus of any guidelines from the Justice Department to be is on collecting forensic evidence in a reliable manner. Perhaps it would have been wiser not to call their guidelines "medical," but in rape that evidence collection is done by doctors and nurses, so the confusion is understandable. I really wouldn't expect - or want- the lawyers at the Justice Department to make therapeutic recommendations.
posted by Sydney on
1/02/2005 08:26:00 AM