Study: more survivors of sexual assault are seeking emergency medical care

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Survivors of sexual assault are now more likely to seek emergency medical care.

According to a new study, emergency department visits for sexual assault were 15 times higher in 2019 than they were in 2006.

Researchers suggest two possible reasons for the increase:

  • A new system for diagnostic codes, corresponded to a marked increase in sexual assault diagnoses after its introduction in 2015.
  • Greater awareness from additional factors, such as the “Me Too” movement.

However, the numbers still represent a fraction of all assaults reported to law enforcement.

There were less than half as many emergency room visits for sexual assault as there were reported cases.

The study was published Thursday in Jama Network Open.


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