SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.23 issue2Tuberculosis in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, in the 1990sMultidisciplinary care for victims of sexual assault: the experience at the Federal University in São Paulo, Brazil author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Page  

Cadernos de Saúde Pública

Print version ISSN 0102-311X

Abstract

OLIVEIRA, Eleonora Menicucci de. Forum: sexual violence and health. Introduction. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.2, pp. 455-458. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007000200022.

This forum focuses on the health sector's response to sexual violence against women, analyzing the policies formulated by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the protocol in two academic health centers. The premise is that an approach to sexual violence requires the discussion of women's autonomy in relation to their bodies and thus their right to abortion. This intrinsic link between sexual violence and morally and politically loaded issues has contributed to the relatively slow response by the public health sector in Brazil. However, the pioneering experience of two academic health centers in treating rape victims demonstrates the importance of these issues in the training of health professionals and the need to guarantee women's expanded and ongoing access to these services.

Keywords : Sexual Violence; Abortion; Violence Against Women; Women's Health Services.

        · abstract in Portuguese     · text in Portuguese     · pdf in Portuguese