The measure was announced by the Ministers of Health and Women and Gender Equality in the framework of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Friday November 25, 2022 9:57 a.m.

In the context of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Antonia Orellana, and the head of the Health portfolio, Ximena Aguilera, reported this morning that the system of Explicit Health Guarantees, GES, will include comprehensive care for victims of acute sexual assaults.

“As of October 1, we incorporated comprehensive care for acute sexual assaults into the Explicit Health Guarantees program,” explained the Minister of Health, Ximena Aguilera.

“This implies a government commitment to the issue of sexual violence in which care is being guaranteed in all large emergency services and primary emergency care services, immediate medical attention, examinations and treatments for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as mental health support for the assaulted, in order to reduce the disabilities that are generated as a result of these events”he added.

In turn, Orellana indicated that “today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, within the framework of that day we are remembering that we have suffered in the last seven years an increase in crimes of sexual violence and that today we are adding to what already existed, which was the first attention with prophylaxis, emergency contraception in cases of acute sexual assault, an accompaniment that has to do with mental health”.

And he stressed that “every 14 minutes a woman is the victim of a sexual assault in our country according to figures from the Public Ministry. With this announcement, what we are doing as a Government is extending to the entire health network, not just emergency care, an accompaniment with at least four sessions of mental health care, which gives us a minimum level of repair with respect to sexual violence, an initiative that we hope to deepen through the approval, hopefully soon, of the Comprehensive Law against Violence against women”.

Meanwhile, the head of Health relieved that “This is an economic effort by the Government and it continues to expand the coverage of the Explicit Health Guarantees and means an expense of around 9 thousand 600 million pesos. We are very pleased that this guarantee exists for people who unfortunately receive a sexual assault, and we hope that this will contribute to mitigating the impact that these terrible attacks have on their lives.”

The announcement is part of the national campaign of the Ministry for Women and Gender Equity #YesIsMyProblem as one of the measures of the Executive towards the prevention and eradication of violence against women.

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