Delaware County Medical Society Winter 2017 - 10
Weinstein cases took me right back to that unpleasant
time. It was everyone's dirty little secret. Everyone knew
except for those of us who were from the outside - the
new people in the lab - and the university chose to
protect him. That was almost thirty years ago and here
we are in 2017, with similar situations playing out in the
news. Every time I think that we are moving forward as
a society, we take giant steps backward. It's painful.
First of all, please reach out to your doctor and if you already
have a counselor, please reach out to that person for help.
If you don't feel comfortable reaching out to your doctor
or counselor, I have listed some local and some national
resources below to assist you. Please know that if the recent
events playing out in the news are distressing to you or if
there is something else currently happening in your personal
life that is negatively impacting your heath and/or your
self of well-being, know that you are not alone. There are
plenty of resources for you. Please take that first step. Reach
out to your friend, your doctor, your pastor, your therapist,
your advocate. Do NOT suffer in silence. Rest assured that
statistically, no matter where you are, there is more than one
other person in the room who has endured the unthinkable
and is striving today. Know that that person can be you.
As a physician, I recognized that I was having an acute
stress reaction to the "breaking news" report tonight.
However, how many patients will have similar reactions
without realizing the underlying cause of their symptoms?
We bury these painful memories and try to pretend that they
could never happen to us and then we turn on the news
and are transported back to that painful time in life. How
many times do patients present to your office with sudden
onset vague aches and pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression
or some other new stress-related symptom? How many
times do you think to ask what they were doing just prior
to the onset of symptoms? How many of them deny that
they are stressed or anxious and want, sometimes demand,
that we do a CT scan of their head or an MRI or blood
work when they really need counseling and reassurance
that they are safe and well and totally normal for feeling
pain and distress over these horrendous incidents?
Delaware County Women
Against Rape - (610) 566-4342
Domestic Abuse Project
of Delaware County - (610) 565-45
Delaware County Crisis Connectio
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime,
in a large national study published by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in 2014, almost 1 in 5
(ie. approximately 23 million women) in the United States
have been raped in their lifetime. Almost 1 in 71 men (ie.
approximately 1.9 million men) in the United States have
been raped in their lifetime. Almost 43.9 percent of all
women and 23.4 percent of all men surveyed experience
some form of sexual violence during their lifetime (sexual
coercion, unwanted sexual contact, noncontact unwanted
sexual experiences and sometime rape). There is no way
to quantify the amounts of friends and family members
who are also traumatized by how these events affect
their loved one (the victims). What we do know, is that
for everyone impacted by sexual trauma of any kind, the
physical and psychological effects can be devastating in the
short and long term. So, where do we turn to for help?
Life Beyond Abuse - (610) 565-3399
Child Help, a National Child Abuse
Suicide Prevention Hotline (Natio
(a 24-hour hotline for many kinds
----------------------------------------------------------------------------June Elcock-Messam, MD is a board
certified pediatrician and owner of Media
Pediatrics. She is the Clinical Director of
the Child Protection Program at Crozer
Chester Medical Center's Pediatric Residency
Program & the Editor of this magazine.
DELAWARE COUNTY MEDICINE & HEALTH