“A doctor or nurse will conduct the four-to-six-hour examination and will preserve this evidence in a sexual assault evidence collection kit, commonly referred to as a rape kit. If a survivor chooses to report the rape to the police, the evidence in the rape kit can be one very powerful tool to bring a perpetrator to justice.”
A sexual assault on children occurs in every religious body and in equal measure, not just the Catholic Church. Statistics prove it. Search the internet to find the findings. I’ve read them, but I’m not going to assist this time.
I have personal experience. No names.
A 16-year-old girl at a certain university claimed to have been raped by a man who was not part of the college community. The female resident director and I did the initial investigation. We called the SFPD, and they took over.
Talking her into getting a rape kit was difficult, but she consented after speaking with her mother who lived on the East Coast.
The SFPD transported the girl to SF General. The resident director and I met up with them there.
A female nurse practitioner conducted the interview in a closed room. Present: me, the resident director, a male police officer, and the girl’s female friend, also 16, so four female and two male persons. About halfway through the interview, the police officer left and posted himself outside the closed door. I stayed for the entire interview, which was professionally done.
Among other things, it was revealed that she had not taken a bath or shower. The resident director had persuaded her not to do so.
I left the room after about one hour, and the director stayed with her at the hospital the entire night.
Similar procedures would apply to boys who are targets, but I have no experience with them.
I bring this up because I view reports by broadcast journalists. Often, they forget to mention the rape kit. It’s all about who said what, who’s representing this or that person, what are the crowds saying, and what happened five years ago or 20 years ago. Very titillating.
Initially and for much of the duration, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and police officers are the competent people, not journalists, not the public.
In the 1950s even saying the word rape was taboo. It is good that it is not taboo now. However, the pendulum has swung way to the left, and now children are being exposed to all manner of filth.
Parents and guardians are their primary educators and are in charge, not the schools. I would recommend that pediatricians join and give the medical side of diseases at the appropriate time.