Forensic medical examiners are among the first people that victims of sexual assault should see. These examiners can assess and treat a victim’s medical needs and collect evidence that could be used in legal proceedings. Studies have shown that more suspects are prosecuted when forensic medical examiners are involved.
However, there may not be enough examiners to respond to all sexual assaults in many parts of the country. Listen to Katherine Iritani, a director in our Health Care team, discuss the training, funding, and availability of forensic medical examiners.