Rape Case Study

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Resolutions and Options Since rape is a sensitive issue, there are limited options that the social worker could take. One option would be to respect the self-determination of Rose to not discuss the assault again despite the fact she is showing poor mental health. By doing this, the social worker is not fulfilling her obligation to address client’s wellbeing. The second option would be to disclose the assault to her parents in an effort to encourage Rose to seek help. This, though, does not guarantee that Rose will be willing to seek help. In fact, telling her parents might harm Rose more as it is unknown how her parents will react. She may also not be ready for her parents to know. In addition, reporting to her parents can be seen as a betrayal…show more content…
The third option would be to meet with Rose and provide her with information about resources as well as stating her rights while assuring her that she is not obligated to talk about the assault, seek help, or use…show more content…
Although the social worker wanted encourage Rose to disclose to others in an effort to address well-being, it is important for the social worker to not impose her own ideas about should be done. Social workers need to be cautions when working with rape victims and understand where they are in the recovery process. The fact that Rose was able to open up to the social worker is a big step for Rose and should not be overlooked. Her disclosure to the social worker provides hope that Rose may later be comfortable to disclose to her family or seek assistance. Additionally, disclosing about the assault, as mention in the paper, may cause more harm to the client’s well-being. To encourage disclosure may be seen as rash and impulsive on the part of the social worker as Rose may not be ready yet. Thus, the decision to uphold self-determination for the time being, in addition to providing Rose with support and information on possible services is preferred. This option helps the social worker maintain a trusting relationship, uphold professional standards, and consider the well-being of the client without violating her
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