What to Expect: An Advocate’s Guide to the ER After an Assault

Morning After

Yesterday a friend of mine posted this article about a woman being assaulted in a bar on the LES. The way she was treated by police was pretty atrocious (not that unusual but still rage inducing) but what really got me was there clearly wasn’t anyone trained in these cases around to help her through the process. She mentions not knowing what sort of support exists for survivors before, so I thought it might be helpful for me to write an in depth guide about what to expect in the ER after an assault and ways to make a terrible process marginally better. As an ER advocate, I am in a unique position to speak to what will happen and what resources are available to survivors. I sincerely hope no one reading this ever has to use this information, but I would rather it be out there and unnecessary than unavailable…

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