Require Doctors to Treat Victims of Rape

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Target: Jose David Name, President of the Congress of Colombia

Goal: Require doctors to treat rape victims.

Sexual violence has plagued the women of Colombia, with little aid from their government until recently. The Health Minister created a law requiring that health care providers give their patients post-rape care and testing. The law was a step in the right direction, but a new addition to the legislation has undone it, and removed the requirement of care for victims.

After a law was passed protecting the privacy and confidentially of victims and deeming the crime to be a crime against humanity, Congress overturned the Health Minister’s addition that required health care providers give women care when they could have made it more strict and more regulated.

The new law makes it optional for health care providers to give-post rape care to victims. Post- rape care includes the administration of a rape kit for DNA evidence, examinations to ensure there are no life-threatening injuries, and the administration of drugs to help prevent STDs.

Statistics show one of the most important things for victims is quick and easy access to proper medical care, but this has gotten more difficult for the women of Colombia. Tell Congress they need to reinstate the law created by the Health Minister, and create the means to properly implement and enforce it so these women can get the care they need after a sexual assault.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President of Congress Name,

Efforts have been made by your country pressing through new laws to protect women who have been victims of sexual violence, but the newest law making it a crime against humanity has also made it harder for them to get much-needed care.

Health care providers are allowed to deny giving women rape kits and post-rape treatment. Where this law recognizes the true crime of sexual violence, it could also be used to enforce and move forward the requirement of providers giving women proper aid.

Making sure women get the best care after an assault is the first step to helping them heal, and allowing health care providers to deny them aid will only allow the problem to continue. Rape kits and helping give women the psychological care to help them in naming their assaulters is the only way to bring up prosecution rates. Don’t allow rape to be a part of life for Colombian women any longer by not only increasing the punishment, but increasing the care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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