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June 2013

In recent months, several high-profile sexual assault cases have been widely reported in the media. Does this coverage depict a full representation of sexual assaults?


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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: Do sensational media reports reflect the realities of sexual assault?

In June, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Janice Du Mont, a scientist in the Violence and Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, about the recent coverage of high-profile sexual assault cases.

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