After a sexual assault, survivors have choices to make.
Do they seek help at a hospital? Do they press charges against their attacker? Do they go to court?
Hopefully, they have chosen to get medical attention and if they are lucky they’ve arrived at a hospital with nurses who are trained to help sexual assault victims. Called sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANE nurses, these specialized medical professionals collect forensic evidence and help a victim take care of her or his physical and mental health after a traumatic experience. A SANE nurse may be called to testify in court.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three women and one in four men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes.
The effects of experiencing an assault can be both physical and deeply psychological. Your training will show you how to care for the whole person.