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Ben and I reflect on Caelynn’s sexual assault story for the first portion of episode 4 (season 9) of the Almost Famous podcast. Caelynn was the first woman on The Bachelor to speak about her rape on the show. We discuss statics, the truth about rape kits, and Ben shares a personal story about a friend. In this episode we also read listener feedback on our emotional interview with Shawn Booth.

The mood lightens when we chat about Baby Janner #2 on the way. Tanner was supposed to officiate our wedding, but now that their baby is due the same month things are up in the air. I explain how Jared and I plan on moving forward. Ben and I have Bri, the Lauren Bushnell like look-a-like from Colton’s season, on the podcast to discuss her hopes for Paradise and what she made of the Courtney and Demi drama, as well as the Caeylnn v. Hannah B. feud.

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1 Comment
  • Lisa
    Posted at 05:50h, 06 February Reply

    Hi Ben and Ashley- loyal listener here. I am a registered nurse and wanted to weigh in on the hospital declining to provide a rape kit issue. I will first say that I do not work in a hospital, as there are so many nursing specialties, and I happen to work in public health.
    What I can say is that a nurse performing a rape kit should be a Forensic Nurse with a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) certification. You can read more about that here: https://onlinenursing.duq.edu/blog/emergency-department-procedures-sexual-assault-nurse-examiners/
    So I just wanted to share this because as a nurse I know that the majority of us want to help all victims and would never want to turn anyone away, however there may be factors out of our control. I cannot speak to anyone’s situation on as to why that happens for sure (victims being turned away/refused a rape kit) but I suspect sometimes it may be due to the shortage of specially trained nurses. As you can read in the article, there is a critical shortage. I do not know the legality or typical hospital policy on an untrained nurse performing this task. Also it should be noted the training and certification for this specialty are not easy to obtain, from what I understand.
    It is a heartbreaking issue, but in most cases I would *hope* hospitals would not refuse a rape kit unless the resources were not available or, as Ben had mentioned in his story, it was not medically safe to do so. Just another perspective as to why that may occur. Thanks guys!

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