In 2003, 2,114 forcible rapes were reported to Tennessee law enforcement agencies, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Presumably, many more rapes went unreported. Nationwide, an estimated 25,000 U. S. women become pregnant each year following an act of sexual violence, according to a 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Emergency contraception (EC) provides a safe and reliable method for preventing pregnancy after sexual assault. However, most emergency care facilities in Tennessee fail to provide sexual assault patients with this essential and effective treatment.