The Use and Abuse of the Rape Treatment Center

    Volume 22, Issue 1 (January 1977)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 January 1977

    Page Count: 5

    Schiff, AF
    Deputy medical examiner, Dade County, Fla.

    (Received 16 March 1976; accepted 9 June 1976)


    From its inception in March 1956 until 1 Feb. 1974, the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office by statute [1] 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.

    Paper ID: JFS10394J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10394J

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    Title The Use and Abuse of the Rape Treatment Center
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    Committee E30