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If you need to see a doctor and don't have a regular gynecologist please click here to find one at planned parenthood.

One helpful tip is to bring a letter explaining that you are a survivor with you to the doctor's appointment.

Basic information on the physical effects of rape from RAINN.

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Physical symptoms from Rape Treatment Center UCLA

"Some victims have physical symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, headaches, and stomachaches. You may find that it is very difficult to concentrate on routine activities. You may also experience changes in your sexuality, such as a loss of interest in sex or avoidance of sexual situations."

Other physical problems may be:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gynecological and pregnancy complications
  • Migraines and other frequent headaches
  • Back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Disability preventing work (Jewkes, Sen, and Garcia-Moreno 2002)

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Medline directory for Rape crisis resources from Medline

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National Women's Health Information Center

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What is emergency contraception? from 4woman

This site explains how emergency contraception works and answers basic questions often asked.


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Journal of American Medical Women's Association

AMWA is a recognized leader in bringing the under-addressed concerns of women and their children to national attention. The Winter 2005 issue addresses violence against women, including the impact of partner abuse on women’s reproductive rights, gang rape in the military, and factors contributing to maternal mortality.


Emergency contraception

Information from planned parenthood on emergency contraception.

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The truth about rape from rape recovery

This resource has useful information about planning for your Doctor's visits. If you are worried about an upcoming doctor's appointment it is helpful to write or call them ahead of time to let them know your history. This can avoid any misunderstandings and reduce the stress during your visit. It is especially helpful if you have trouble verbalizing your problems. Bring a copy of the letter with you in case the nurse did not receive it. Make an appointment to do something relaxing with a friend afterwards. Try to take the whole day off from work if you can. If you are going to the emergency room request a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

Educational Resources

Emergency contraception and how to obtain it

For more information on health care for rape victims click here.


Topic Specific References:

Mcauslan, Pamela (1999). After sexual assualt: The relationship between women's disclosure, the reactions of others, and health. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 60(1-B), pp. 0411. link


"negative social reactions were a strong predictor of negative health outcomes. These results are considered within the theoretical frameworks of the psychosomatic theory of inhibition and social support theory."




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Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.

rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service.

Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <> (February 1, 2006).



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