rape counseling

rape counseling

counseling by a trained person provided to a victim of rape. Rape counseling ideally begins at the time the crime is first reported, as in an emergency department. Initially the counselor offers sensitive support for the victim by accepting the victim in a nonprejudicial, noncritical way. The victim's response to the trauma of the assault is empathetically elicited, and three basic statements are made: the counselor is sorry that the rape happened, is glad that the injuries are not worse, and does not think that the victim was wrong or did anything wrong. Counseling personnel may provide supportive services and advocacy and liaison between the victim and medical, legal, and law enforcement authorities. This involves staying with the victim during medical examination, during police or district attorney's questioning, and throughout the criminal justice process.

rape counseling

The provision of advice, comfort, and sources of therapy for victims of sexual assault. The emotional reaction and sequelae of rape may be devastating to the mental well-being of the victim. It is therefore important that the victim be reassured about what to expect from both internal feelings and the potential reactions of society. Historically, law enforcement officers have been less than sympathetic to rape victims, but now most police departments have officers trained in rape investigation who are sensitive to the emotional and physical trauma the victim has experienced. Frequently, specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available to provide care and support. Various services are available to the victim, including advocate groups and health care professionals experienced in counseling rape victims.
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