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The UK's first maternity clinic for women who have been victims of rape and sexual assault opened its doors in London, a media report said on Friday.[/caption]
The UK's first maternity clinic for women who have been victims of rape and sexual assault opened its doors in London, a media report said on Friday.
According to authorities, the clinic will provide extra antenatal support with specially-trained midwives, psychologists, and paediatricians, BBC reported.
Co-run by Barts Health NHS Trust in London, the scheme could be introduced in other UK hospitals if successful, the authorities said.
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Pavan Amara, founder of the 'My Body Back' project which jointly established the clinic with the Barts Health NHS Trust, has met a number of women who told her of traumatic experiences during their pregnancies.
"One woman was told by her rapist: 'If you relax it'll be over with quicker.' When the woman was told the same thing in a healthcare setting, the health professional was completely unwittingly and unknowingly echoing the words of the rapist," Amara was quoted by the BBC as saying.
"It had a huge impact on the woman mentally. It's things like this... very small, but very big for a woman who is vulnerable."
According to latest official figures, one in five women between the ages of 16-59 in England and Wales has experienced some form of sexual violence, BBC added.
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