Treating Rape Survivors from Aleppo to Mosul
The RINJ Foundation is not doing “Virginity Tests” in clinics, it is doing STD tests and fully consented Physical Evidence Recovery Kits which help identify the rapist for later ICC prosecution. (https://rinj.org/rape-kit-support/)
The so-called two-finger virginity test that was much debated in the 1980s is a criminal offence defined as rape: “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Also NP’s are administering antibiotics in RINJ makeshift clinics in the region. AS many as 80 to 100 patient sessions are done per week.
The Examination and Forensic Evidence Collection Kit (Rape Kit)
The rape exam serves two goals: first to provide the best immediate care for the survivor, and second to collect evidence that may be used to prosecute the crime.
In order to collect evidence, a survivor must seek treatment at a clinic within 120 hours of an assault.
- The survivor is in control of the entire exam. Before each step of the Kit, the medical provider should explain the step and ask the survivor if they want to continue. Nothing will be done that the survivor does not agree to.
- A rape exam is usually done by a doctor or nurse.
- The exam may take several hours to complete. During the exam, the medical provider must remain with the Kit at all times.
- The survivor can give the medical provider a verbal account of the assault. This will tell the medical provider where to look for evidence on the survivor’s body.
- A physical exam may be performed to assess, document, and treat injuries like bruises, lacerations, and broken bones.
- The medical provider may collect samples from the survivor’s mouth, vaginal and/or anal cavities, fingernails, and other parts of the body that the perpetrator touched during the assault.
- The medical provider must ask the survivor if he or she had consensual (willing) sex with anyone in the past 5 days who may also have left behind DNA. This step helps law enforcement determine which DNA was left by a consensual partner and which DNA belongs to the perpetrator.
- If there are signs that the survivor may have been drugged, a toxicology kit may be collected.
- Clothing and undergarments may be collected as evidence during the rape exam.
The mental health of the people we see is extremely fragile. There are many triggers capable of causing their state of mind to rapidly deteriorate. Living conditions they are forced to face, memories of their ordeal, and uncertainty about what is going to happen to these women are factors contributing to thoughts of suicide and eventual deaths.
These are invisible wounds and the worst we see are among the female children. Dealing with STD’s and other factors we have a bigger underlying problem of mental health.
Cultural aspects like “Virginity Testing” we have been asked to do are not going to happen.
( Some women seeking care in Northern Iraq and in Syria have shown fear on a religious basis. Persons (men) asking for a so-called “virginity” test of their female family members are refused. If the person is in our care it could be for a number of reasons, non of which anyone can assume and none we will specifically reveal.)
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1) RINJ Is Building an ICC Case Against Each ISIL Rapist — https://rinj.org/interactive/?page_id=998
2) ISIL/ISIS combatants. They are Sexually Violent Predators — https://rinj.org/interactive/?page_id=1095
3) Islamic State Cabinet Seeks & Recruits Sexually Violent Predators — http://wp.me/P4J9Q3-cT
@rapeisnojoke is urging all agents in Turkey, Iran, Syria, Qatar, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq to stop trading in the black market oil of ISIL rapists. Around the world, people should stop using oil and gas frm th eregion until the Islamic State has been put down. #oilandgas #rapeisnojoke #ISBoycott