Sexual Violence

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. It includes any sexual contact or behavior that happens without explicit and informed consent. Sexual assault can take many forms such as:

  • Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Unwanted sexual touching or fondling
  • Forcing the performance of sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
  • Sexual Coercion

Sexual assault is about power and control and is often perpetrated by someone you know. In other instances, the perpetrator may not be known at all to the person who was sexually assaulted.

Survivors often blame themselves, but the survivor is never to blame for the actions of a perpetrator.

Sexual Assault Response

SANE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners) can provide expert medical care and resources to survivors after sexual assault. Forensic nurses provide survivors with trauma-informed medical care, preventative medications, injury documentation, and the option of evidence collection. Exams are free to every survivor and adult patients can chose to release their medical records to law enforcement or remain confidential. 

A trained Advocate can accompany the survivor during the exam to offer support, information, and follow up contact.

Safety Planning

Sexual Assault is a traumatic event regardless of the circumstances. We work alongside survivors to develop individualized plans for physical and emotional safety. This includes exploring resources, support, and available wrap around services that promote safety and healing.

If you or someone you know, has experienced sexual assault, we are here to help.

A trained advocate can accompany the survivor during the exam to offer support, information, and follow up contact.

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