RSAC (RINJ Sexual Assault Clinics) Facilities are Nurse-led medical clinics Treating Rape Survivors in the Middle East and in Africa.
New locations are currently under planning. The RSACs are full service medical facilities for women and children. Community related services such as victim advocacy, crisis hotlines, community outreach, and education programs are also available at the discretion of the local RSAC nurse-led team.
- Trauma care;
- Sexually transmitted disease detection treatment and prevention;
- Physical injuries treatment and minor surgery;
- Sexual assault forensic testing;
- Pregnancy issues, from abortion to delivering your baby;
- Legal course of action counseling;
- Criminal prosecution assistance;
- Mental health care; and
- all needed follow-up care.
The RINJ Foundation’s women’s health care nurses at RSAC facilities provide a full range of outpatient and walk-in services to survivors of rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence of any kind. In some locations The RINJ Foundation offers periodical educational and counseling services in hospitals, community centers, refugee camps, learning institutes, and a full range of services at its own RSAC clinics.
In certain Mid-East operations it is possible that our workers have come into contact with missing persons such as foreign-ISIL-War-Brides and Foreign Fighters. If you have a missing family member you are invited to dialogue so that we may ascertain what if any information we can share. Our goal is to find benefit for patients and in the case of minor children or youth, to see that they are if possible returned to the safety of their home. Follow this link for more information or simply contact us here.
The RSAC is helping patients in absolute privacy by caring for sexual assault survivors, conducting STD tests and fully consented Physical Evidence Recovery Kits which as part of an examination provide for discovery of related ill-effects and help identify the sexually violent predators for prosecution. (https://rinj.org/rape-kit-support/).
Persons (men) asking for a so-called “virginity” test of their female family members are refused and warned of the consequences of attempting such acts of sexual violence themselves.
The so-called Middle East two-finger virginity test that was much debated in the 1980s is a criminal offence defined as rape: “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” See: https://rinj.org/rape/
Our Nurse Practitioners are administering antibiotics in RINJ clinics in the Middlle East region and will soon open a clinic in North-East Nigeria. As many as 80 to 100 patient sessions are done per week in each of the existing clinics.
The Examination and Forensic Evidence Collection Kit (Rape Kit)
Rape kit = Sexual assault evidence collection kits; sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kits; Sexual offence evidence collection (SOEC) kits; or Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERK)
The rape exam serves two goals: first to provide the best immediate care for the survivor, and second to collect evidence that may be used to prosecute the crime.
In order to collect evidence, a survivor must seek treatment at a clinic within 120 hours of an assault.
- The survivor is in control of the entire exam. Before each step of the Kit, the medical provider should explain the step and ask the survivor if they want to continue. Nothing will be done that the survivor does not agree to.
- A rape exam is usually done by a doctor or nurse.
- The exam may take several hours to complete. During the exam, the medical provider must remain with the Kit at all times.
- The survivor can give the medical provider a verbal account of the assault. This will tell the medical provider where to look for evidence on the survivor’s body.
- A physical exam may be performed to assess, document, and treat injuries like bruises, lacerations, and broken bones.
- The medical provider may collect samples from the survivor’s mouth, vaginal and/or anal cavities, fingernails, and other parts of the body that the perpetrator touched during the assault.
- The medical provider must ask the survivor if he or she had consensual (willing) sex with anyone in the past 5 days who may also have left behind DNA. This step helps law enforcement determine which DNA was left by a consensual partner and which DNA belongs to the perpetrator.
- If there are signs that the survivor may have been drugged, a toxicology kit may be collected.
- Clothing and undergarments may be collected as evidence during the rape exam.
The mental health of the people we care for is extremely fragile. There are many triggers capable of causing their state of mind to rapidly deteriorate. Living conditions they are forced to face, memories of their ordeal, and uncertainty about what is going to happen to these women are factors contributing to thoughts of suicide and eventual deaths.
These are invisible wounds and the worst are among the female children. While dealing with STD’s and other factors we have a bigger underlying problem of mental health.
Cultural aspects like “Virginity Testing” we have been asked to do by third parties are not going to happen. Privacy of the patient is a foremost priority and extensive steps are taken to assure that privacy.
( Some women seeking care in Northern Iraq and in Syria have shown fear on a religious basis. Persons (men) asking for a so-called “virginity” test of their female family members are refused. If the person is in our care it could be for a number of reasons, non of which anyone can assume and none we will specifically reveal.)
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1) RINJ Is Building an ICC Case Against Each ISIL Rapist — https://rinj.org/interactive/?page_id=998
2) ISIL/ISIS combatants. They are Sexually Violent Predators — https://rinj.org/interactive/?page_id=1095
3) Islamic State Cabinet Seeks & Recruits Sexually Violent Predators — http://wp.me/P4J9Q3-cT