Volume 22, Issue 1 (January 1977)
The Use and Abuse of the Rape Treatment Center
From its inception in March 1956 until 1 Feb. 1974, the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office by statute  was charged with the medical investigation of all sex crimes, including rape, sodomy, and “any criminal sex offenses.” A system set up for this purpose, although slightly disorganized, became operational and appeared to function fairly well. The medical examiner's office performed three functions: managing a telephone answering and calling service for the various doctors on the panel, acting as a fiscal agent for the doctors in submitting their monthly bills to the proper county office, and serving as a central repository for the official reports. Office personnel, although regarding the unit as contrary to the usual functions of medicolegal death investigations, fulfilled their responsibilities.