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[Correspondence] Notions from Kavanaugh hearings contradict medical facts

Survivors of sexual abuse around the world are reeling from the horrifying and compelling details emerging from the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. What has shocked me most, as a health professional, is the harmful and untrue narrative that has surfaced during the hearings: the idea that the incomplete memory of an assault, or a delay in reporting abuse, reflects on the truth of the abuse itself. Physicians for Human Rights has trained thousands of health-care professionals across the globe to evaluate survivors of abuse, from the USA to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the former Yugoslavia, and to Iraq.

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