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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820October 21, 2008

Penn Nursing Study Finds Skin Color Plays Significant Role in Failure to Detect Rape Injuries

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that victims of sexual assault with dark skin are less likely than those with light skin to have their injuries identified, documented and treated, leaving them disadvantaged in the health-care and criminal-justice systems, according to a new study published in the November issue of The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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