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Difficulty going to the doctors after experience of sexual violence?
Someone in the office came across a BBC article about a new STI clinic that's opening up in East London designed specially for women who have experienced sexual violence. The idea came from the fact that it can often be pretty hard for people who've been victims of sexual violence to undergo physical examinations/treatments (things like cervical screening for example).
The clinic will work pretty differently to most GP surgeries and hospitals:
Women will able to control how they would like their appointment to proceed, from where they would like the clinicians to stand and what positions they feel most comfortable in to what music and clothing they would prefer. There will also be cake, tea, aromatherapy and massages to relax patients before and after their appointments.
Patients will also be able to use self-testing kits to detect STIs, Ms Amara believes it's about survivors reclaiming control of their bodies. "It's about caring for yourself and the fact you are important," she added.
For now, there's just one of these places, but should there be more clinics like this? Do you think it's a good idea - do you think it'll help?
If you do, take a look at the project behind the new clinic: My Body Back (again, just London-based for now)