Doctors Taught To Recognize Partner & Spouse Abuse

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in five women has been raped. In more than half the cases, the rapist was an intimate partner.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) put out new guidelines for doctors for dealing with both rape and sexual abuse. The report details what’s being called “birth control sabotage,” or partners interfering with contraception. For example: Poking holes in a condom or throwing away birth control pills.

In one study of women’s clinics in northern California, birth control sabotage was reported by 15 percent of young women.

CBS “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley talks with CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook about what the new report says and how doctors can better help patients who are victims of birth control sabotage. Watch the video on their website.