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Hospital Accompaniment For Sexual Assault

ESCADV provides survivors of sexual assault accompaniment to the hospital for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams. Accessible through ESCADV’s 24 Hour Hotline, (757) 787-1329, an advocate is available to provide in-person support to sexual assault survivors receiving a SANE exam at an area hospital. A SANE exam is a forensic exam performed by a certified, trained nurse that gathers evidence for future use by medical and legal personnel in the pursuit and investigation of a criminal case.
The advocate can provide support to the survivor and assist by explaining the options available. There is no legal requirement that a survivor of sexual assault take a SANE exam, nor is the exam required in order for a survivor to participate with law enforcement or criminal justice personnel in any criminal or legal proceedings. While survivors have the choice, the time immediately following a sexual assault can be very difficult and confusing, affecting a person’s ability to make decisions. A SANE exam can be a traumatic experience on top of the actual assault. Advocates are trained to provide survivors with support, companionship, information and referrals during this exceptionally painful time.
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