Adolescent Medicine 

         Karen Coleman, R.N.       

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Rape is primarily a crime against youth. The National Violence Against Women Survey conducted jointly by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the majority of rapes occur against children and adolescents. More than half (54%) of the female rape victims identified by the survey were under 18 years old when they experienced their first rape, 22% were under 12 years old while 32% were between 12 and 17 years old.

Karen is an extraordinary person; herself a survivor of sexual assault, this woman has dedicated her life to help victims of this horrendous crime in their worst moment. Lifetime Television recently portrayed her life story in its production Fear No More: Stop Violence Against Women. In a week’s span you’ll find her in Albany lobbying the state legislature on behalf of victims of sexual assault, in NYC at Metropolitan Hospital training 110 HHC nurses and physicians in the proper techniques of forensic examination of rape victims, in Purchase speaking to students of the State University of New York and in Valhalla, at Westchester Medical Center, last April 3rd as a guest speaker in the Pediatric Grand Rounds. Ms. Karen Coleman, SANE Coordinator of the Westchester County Victims Assistance Services is the Vice-President of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

You will be able to access her excellent presentation as a slide show in Microsoft® PowerPoint® format by clicking on the link that follows: The Adolescent Victim of Sexual Assault. To review the cases presented, click here. Many of the questions from the audience were about medical consent, minors' rights, the examiner's legal obligations and case reporting requirements. For an in-depth discussion on these topics, visit the web site of the New York Civil Liberties Union, click here. A summary of the epidemiology of sexual assault on adolescents can be found in a brief slide show in Microsoft® PowerPoint® format by clicking on the link that follows: Epidemiology of Sexual Assault on Adolescents.

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