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Reports/Rapports : Determining Needs of Southern Alberta Rural Communities for Improved Sexual Assault Services

Source: Mount Royal University.
Funded by the Alberta Rural Development Network, this project sought to identify educational and resource needs of professionals in rural and Aboriginal communities that would assist them in either keeping female sexual assault victims in their communities and providing care, or to be able to better assist these women when they return to their communities.

If comprehensive, sensitive services are not provided after a sexual assault, women face exceptionally high risks of mental illness, substance abuse, job losses and chronic health problems, and resulting high health care utilization.

Researchers administered an online survey and performed three focus group interviews at a medium-sized and a small rural hospital and at an Aboriginal health centre.

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