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(Jan 02, 2008) In an effort to obviate sexual abuse, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is analyzing a proposed law that makes mandatory the presence of a female assistant during the performance of medical and dental procedures on women, adolescents, and children. According to the author of the proposed law, Deputy Natalino, the idea is to guarantee the physical protection of these patients and to prevent illicit behavior by unscrupulous health professionals in the state. Natalino was quoted as saying that on many occasions, due to either fear or shame, the abused patient does not report the event and that this law will bring some protection to the patients. (Exames Médicos em Mulheres Terão que Ser Acompanhados por Outra Mulher, O DIA ONLINE, Nov. 28, 2007.)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Workers safety and health More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 01/02/2008