Sexual assault is, sadly, a real issue in our community. To meet the needs of victims of sexual assault, Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) is offering Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services providing immediate, compassionate, specialized medical care in a safe and confidential setting to victims of sexual assault. Services began at the beginning of January.
“Since 2012, Door County has lacked SANE services, requiring victims of sexual assault to travel to Green Bay to obtain a SANE exam,” explains Sandy Vandertie, emergency department manager at MDCMC. “This additional travel further traumatizes victims of sexual assault who need this specialized exam for their own physical and emotional well-being, as well as evidence gathering.” To fill this void and provide needed services to the community, MDCMC has committed to offering SANE services.
“We have several nurses on staff who undergone extensive training for this specialized service,” explains Vandertie. “They have a great deal of compassion and understanding for victims of sexual assault, and very specific expertise.”
Ministry is partnering with local law enforcement as well as the Sexual Assault Center of Door County and HELP of Door County to ensure that SANE services are accessible to all men, women and minors aged 12-17 in the county. Ministry staff is currently working at obtaining training for staff to perform pediatric SANE exams, and expect to have that service available by summer of 2015.
“This is a service that we hope no one ever needs,” says Vandertie. “But we are dedicated to providing it for those who do.”