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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Forensic Gynaecology

Overview Over the past two decades there has been a transformation in our understanding of the notion of rape. Research has helped to reveal the alarming frequency of sexual coercion in women's lives and the various guises in which rape occurs. Current legal reforms have changed the way rape is defined and treated in law. The aim of the meeting is to raise awareness about the role rape plays in women's physical and mental health, to discuss management of the rape victim with the aim of promoting a high standard of care and a structured approach to the responsibilities of those undertaking rape examination. It is felt that training in these issues is important and so a training day covering only the basic issues has been arranged on day two. Victims of rape become heavy users of the health service and so attend our clinics and need a great deal of time to help. Better understanding of how to manage rape victims from the first contacts with the health service produces long-term aims. Why Attend? Consider the impact rape plays in women's physical and mental health Learn a structured approach to the clinical and legal responsibilities of those involved in rape examination Understand how to give a high standard of after-care to female rape victims through a multi-disciplinary approach Discuss all the issues relating to forensic gynaecology with colleagues and peers Claim a maximum of 11 CPD credits for full attendance at this meeting Who Should Attend? Consultants and Junior Doctors General Practioners Family Planning GUM FME Forensic Gynaecologist Nurses Lawyers and Police CPS SARC Managers Associate Specialists Staff Doctors and Staff Grades Trust Doctors Course Organisers Miss Maureen E Dalton FRCOG, Exeter Convener of Meetings Professor Baskaran Thilaganathan FRCOG, London