Survey finds some BX and city hospitals may be failing victims of rape

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller along with women's right groups took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday after learning that 25 percent of city hospitals are not complying with a law meant to protect rape victims.

In response to a survey that found not all hospitals were providing emergency contraceptive to rape victims, Miller says it appears that more training on how to deal with rape victims needs to be done. Of the Bronx hospitals surveyed, most were found to have complied with the law. One hospital that was found not to have provided emergency contraception was Westchester Medical Center. But officials at the center say the hospital does provide the contraception to rape victims.

Miller says the mayor and health department need to make sure that the law is enforced. Hospitals that do not comply will be fined. The City Council is also urging the FDA to approve over the counter access of emergency contraception.

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