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Sexual Assault

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The Victim Assistance Program implemented the Rape Crisis component in 1997. The program was the first of its kind in Erie County. Several agencies recognized the unique needs of sexual assault survivors, but the implementation of this program continues to ensure that the needs of the victim are addressed from the time of reporting to the hospital/SANE site, through prosecution, if charges are filed.

Program staff and volunteers are on-call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to respond and support the sexual assault victim and her/his family during the emotional time of the initial report.

To further respond to the needs of victims, in 1999 the Program began the development of the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)/SART (Sexual Assault Response Team, which includes the nurse, advocate, law enforcement officer, and prosecutor). In 2000, the local Sexual Assault Committee invited agencies from Ottawa and Huron Counties to assist us in our mission to support victims of sexual assault while combining limited resources. The Mission Statement of the Tri-County Sexual Assault Advisory Committee is as follows: The goal of the Tri-County Sexual Assault Advisory Committee has been established to explore the feasibility of implementing a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program and a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team). In order to most effectively utilize funds, we are seeking ways in which to coordinate services and resources to benefit victims of sexual assault.

A SANE is a forensic nurse who conducts evidentiary exams (rape kit) for sexual assault cases. The primary function of the SANE is to provide an objective forensic evaluation of victims of sexual assault. They work closely with victim advocates and law enforcement in this process, which is the purpose of establishing a team.

We offer community and school presentations providing information regarding sexual assault, prevention techniques, and steps to take following a sexual assault.

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