Emergency Contraception & Sexual Assault: Why Compassionate Care Should be a Standard of Care

The Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act of 2009 (H.R.1236) and the Prevention First Act of 2009 (H.R.463/S.21) were introduced in Congress in early 2009. The sole purpose of the CARE Act, and one of several goals of the Prevention First Act, would be to direct hospitals and emergency medicine facilities that receive federal funding to inform all women who have been sexually assaulted about emergency contraception (also known as the “morning after pill” or “Plan B”) and to make it available to them, regardless of their ability to pay. Continue reading

Dating Violence: A Two Way Street, But Girls Are Hurt Most

Some people believe teenage relationships are superficial, short-lived, and insignificant. However, a growing field of research suggests that what happens in teenage relationships shape future relationships. Unfortunately teenage relationships can be violent, and both genders can commit acts of violence. As a result, preventative measures and education should be started in middle school and focus on both genders. Continue reading