In the wake of a wave of national news stories about sexual assault, Littleton Adventist Hospital and Porter Adventist Hospital are informing the public about a program that offers compassionate medical care to victims while gathering evidence that can assist in bringing attackers to justice.
“Recent events have brought renewed national attention to the long-standing issue of sexual violence,” said Jennifer Bishara, coordinator/assistant nurse manager. “Survivors of sexual assault have been deprived of dignity and control over their own bodies. Without treatment, sexual assault can lead to long-term health consequences, making this a genuine medical issue, The nurses in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program provide the highest standard of compassionate care to survivors of sexual assault. Our patients leave with a sense of empowerment, knowing that they are believed, which is vital to the healing process.”
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program is administered by Centura Health at Littleton and Porter Adventist Hospitals, as well as other Centura Health centers including St. Anthony North Health Campus, St. Anthony Hospital and 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center.
Staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, nurses in each center are specially trained to treat victims and collect important evidence.
Studies show the further sexual-assault victims are forced to travel for care, the less likely they are to report the incident.
In the United States, 17 percent of women report being a victim of rape or attempted rape in their life. In Colorado, the number is even higher at 23.8 percent.
In Colorado, the prevalence of sexual violence, other than rape, is 47.4 percent among women, 26.5 percent among men.
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