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APPENDIX V
PROPOSED ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR HOSPITAL CARE
OF CHILD VICTIMS OF SUSPECTED OR ALLEGED RAPE

Seiden, A., and Grossman, M., Appendix to P. Bart, et. al. Hospital Subcommittee Report, included in Recommendations and Report of the Citizens' Advisory Council on Rape. Cook County, Illinois, March 10, 1975. Reprinted by permission of the authors.


I. CLASSIFICATION OF CIRCUMSTANCES
a. Rape which is both statutory and forcible is alleged to have occurred.
1. Post-pubescent patients may in general be treated as adults, with certain modifications. The rape victim's advocate should talk separately, first with the victim and then with the accompanying parent or other adult (if any) in order to decide whether the adult is emotionally prepared to be supportive to the patient during examination and interrogation. A responsible adult who is too emotionally distraught to be of help to the patient should be provided with another person with whom to talk about the situation, allowing for ventilation of feelings, and making of practical decisions.
2. Pre-pubescent patients may require special counseling skills not necessarily possessed by the rape victim's advocate who is experienced in dealing with adult women on a woman-to-woman basis. The hospital offering treatment to pre-pubescent rape victims must have available on 24-hour call a person, ordinarily a woman mental health professional or skilled paraprofessional, with specific skills and experience both in communication with emotionally distraught children, and with the specifics of rape counseling in children. Besides this person, the hospital must also provide some

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