posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 04:46 AM
reply to post by sir_slide
At the end of the article she is talking about joining the medical field after her experience with the legal field. With everything she has been
through, and because of her unwillingness to back down and quit, I think she would make an awesome victims advocate.
While her story is extremely disturbing, she came out of it on the other side. When it comes to the topic of rape females need strong role models to
help them get through the situation. The physical injuries are bad enough and the psychological / emotional damage are even worse.
One of the hospitals in my area worked with victim advocacy groups (rape / abuse / etc) to set up around the clock access to advocates. All of the
ones I have worked with were female and had extensive backgrounds / experience in the subject matter. Since Police Departments are predominately male,
we run into the issue of appearing intimidating / non trusting simply because of gender (and under these types of circumstances I completely
The advocate is requested and they stay with the victim through almost the entire process. If people aren't familiar with all that is involved in
processing a rape victim I can say its almost as bad as the rape itself. They are subjected to not only the medical portion but the evidence
processing portion. They are essentially forced to relive the nightmare while having people poking and prodding and taking photos.
The advocates have access to resources in the area - Counselor's, womens shelter, points of contact with the PA's office victim advocate, points of
contact with the Police, Doctors etc..
I am still dumb founded as to the choice of the PA. I cant for the life of me understand his choice to not prosecute.