If you or someone you know is dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault, there are programs to help. And a program that has existed since the 2000 is now expanding to the Eastern Panhandle to help victims of sexual assault.
“What we’re trying to do is revitalize our program and try to grow even more nurses for our own community so that they can stay right here at our hospital or Berkeley,” said Linda Blanc, Administrative director at Jefferson Medical Center.
The program called SANE stands for sexual assault nurse examiners. How it works is when a patient arrives at either Berkeley or Jefferson Medical Center and consents to the necessary rape testing, those trained nurses will be able to provide the rape kit exam on the spot in privacy.
“It’s important to have the right people in place that are very compassionate that have been educated to handle these things. It takes a special kind of nurse to be able to do that,” said Blanc.
According to officials, about 25 rape victims between the two counties sought treatment at their hospitals last year, and adding more nurses will provide a more efficient way to help these survivors.