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Am J Prev Med. 2000 Nov;19(4):228-9.

Prevention of pregnancy resulting from rape: a neglected preventive health measure.

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UCSF Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy, University of California, San Francisco, California 94118, USA.


Pregnancy following rape is a continuing and significant public health issue. We estimate that the 333,000 sexual assaults and rapes reported in 1998, along with many more unreported, were responsible for 25,000 pregnancies. Potentially, as many as 22,000 such pregnancies could be prevented if all women who were raped received prompt medical services, and if not already protected against pregnancy, were provided with emergency contraceptive treatment.

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