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Sexual Violence

What is Sexual Violence?

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We provide assistance to all survivors of sexual violence which includes past and recent incidents of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse or incest.

Victims and Perpetrators of rape come from every segment of society, regardless of age, race, culture, socio-economic or educational background.

The Problem

  • 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • In 85% – 90% of all rapes, the perpetrator is known to the victim.

Definitions

Child Sexual Abuse – Any contact or non-contact sexual act with a child.

Explicit Consent: a voluntary, verbal, positive affirmation; an agreement between equal and unimpaired partners without coercion.

Incest – Unwanted sexual approaches or sexual relations occurring between members of a family, extended family or household.

Rape – Forced sexual intercourse without consent. Force can be physical: stated or implied threats that cause fear of immediate death or physical injury to self or others: or immediate fear of being kidnapped. It is a violent crime motivated by power and control not sexual gratification.

Sexual Abuse – Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, including unwanted touching and coerced activities.

Sexual Assault – Any sexual act committed against a person without that person’s consent.

Sexual Harassment – Any unwanted sexual behavior, either physical or verbal, which embarrasses, humiliates or intimidates an individual.

Sexual Violence: Any sexual activity where consent is not obtained or given freely.

Critical Time Frames for Sexual Assault Victims

Healthcare providers or Emergency Departments have options available for rape victims, but they are time sensitive.

From the time the rape occurs, victims have the following time frames of help available to them…

  • Within 36 Hours – HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) – Medication to reduce one’s risk of contracting HIV.
  • Within 96 Hours – Forensic Evidence Collection kit – Helpful for prosecution of criminal case.
  • Within 96 hours – Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Kit – forensic evidence collection if a victim believes they were drugged and sexually assaulted.
  • Within 120 Hours – Emergency Contraception – Prevents pregnancy resulting from rape.

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program

SAFE PROGRAM AND SERVICES

Crisis Services’ Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program partners with local hospitals to provide on-site forensic services to people, 12 years old and older, who have been sexually assaulted within the last 96 hours and are seeking help.

The SAFE team is available 24/7, and provides one-on-one attention for as long as it takes to:

  • Review forensic options
  • Obtain consents
  • Conduct medical-forensic interview and exam
  • Identify and document injuries
  • Collect and preserve evidence
  • Evaluate risk and offer preventive treatment for pregnancy
  • Evaluate risk and offer preventive treatment for STDs (including HIV and Hepatitis B)
  • Create a discharge and aftercare plan

…all along consulting with the hospital’s Emergency Department team on the provision of medical treatment, medication orders and readiness for discharge ….

  • And provide expert testimony if the case is brought to court

WHO IS THE SAFE TEAM?

Our team has been in existence since 2018.   Given this expertise, hospital ED teams know with confidence that our exam and evidence collection process will be taken care of thoroughly, efficiently, and according to local, state, and national mandates and standards of practice.

Team members are referred to as SANEs or SAFEs (Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiners) and

  • Are licensed RNs, NPs, PAs or MDs with at least one year of clinical experience
  • Have received specialized training and demonstrated clinical competency in providing comprehensive care to sexual assault patients
  • Beyond medical care, have specialized knowledge of the legal system, neurobiology of trauma, skills in identification of injury

Healthcare providers first, SANEs/SAFEs are forensic fact finders that recognize the importance of providing compassionate, patient-centered care.  They are hypervigilant fact finders who are detail-oriented and non-judgmental.

OUR HOSPITAL PARTNERS

We are currently working with the following Rabat Health System hospitals:

OUR OTHER PARTNERS

We are also part of a larger multidisciplinary community-wide team that includes:

  • Victim advocates
  • Law enforcement
  • Forensic scientists