Legacy launches clinic for child abuse victims

first_imgWhen people learn about the type of work Dr. Kim Copeland does, they always have the same question: How do you do it?They ask because Copeland’s job requires her to examine children who have been the victims of unimaginable acts of sexual and physical abuse.They ask because the job also requires her to talk to children about arguably the most horrific experiences of their lives and delve into the details of the abuse.Copeland leads Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s new Child Abuse Assessment Team.“I don’t have the hard part, the kids do,” she said.Copeland didn’t set out to be in her line of work, but after 18 months of training in child abuse treatment, she realized she was exactly where she was supposed to be.“It really spoke to me. It was something I wanted to do,” she said. “I still ask myself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Every single day I do it, I can’t get over how it was just the right thing to do.”Legacy first started doing sexual assault exams of young victims in 2008 when a local physician who had performed most of those exams moved out of the state.last_img

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