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UK has inadequate services for victims of sexual assault

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:993
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Some UK centres for victims of sexual assault are served by so few doctors that they cannot provide 24 hour cover, research has found (Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine 2006;13:164-71). The researchers examined the services offered to complainants of sexual assault in the United Kingdom in 2005 and found inadequate numbers of forensic doctors available for examining child victims and almost no services for young children who have been sexually assaulted.

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