FREDERICTON – A sexual assault nurse examiner in Fredericton said New Brunswick Prime Minister Blaine Higgs’ comments about an incident in which a rape victim was turned down when she requested a forensic examination were misleading. It is said to be a “slap in the face” for
The CBC reported this week that a 26-year-old woman who visited Dr. Everett Chalmers Community Hospital last month after being raped was told there were no nurses trained to perform the rape kit procedure. did.
The woman was told to go home overnight and be tested the next morning.
In a statement, Higgs called the situation unacceptable and said it reflected a process guided by “extremely poor” decision-making and a “lack of compassion.”
Janet Matheson, a sexual assault nurse who works at the hospital where the incident took place, said in a public Facebook post that Higgs’ comments were harmful to nurses.
Matheson says what happened at the hospital was not the result of a lack of compassion, but was “resulting in a system that failed under its own weight” due to a shortage of sexual assault nurse inspectors.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 16, 2022.
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