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Disparity in rape treatment?

A matter of common sense or scientific research?

Disparity in rape treatment?

A matter of common sense or scientific research?

A study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that victims of sexual assault who have dark skin are less likely to have their injuries identified, documented and treated. Researchers examined 120 volunteers after they had had consensual sex. They found that 68 percent of white women with at least one external injury incurred during sex. They identified the same injuries in only 43 percent of dark-skinned women.

The results indicated that assault victims with dark skin may be disadvantaged in clinical assessments and in the criminal-justice system, although cases of rape and assault occur more often to dark-skinned women, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported.

 

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