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Sexual assault care services

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If you have been sexually assaulted or raped, you have experienced a serious personal trauma. Whatever the circumstances, you did not deserve it. It is not your fault. You do not have to cope alone. We are here to support you.

Allina Health provides sensitive health care and treatment to victims of sexual assault and rape.

A sexual assault nurse examiner is available 24 hours a day and may be requested through the emergency department at these hospitals:

When a victim comes to the emergency department within 120 hours (5 days) after the assault, a sexual assault nurse examiner can evaluate him or her for health risks and provide appropriate treatment. The nurse also collects evidence of the assault to be used if the victim chooses to report the crime.

Who is a sexual assault nurse examiner?

A sexual assault nurse examiner is a registered nurse with special education and training surrounding the care of people who have experienced sexual and family violence. The nurse offers the information and support needed to make personal choices about health care following rape, sexual assault or family violence.

What can be expected during a sexual assault exam?

Remember...

Although every sexual assault victim has the right to report the crime, not all choose to do so.

Regardless of whether they report the incident, all victims have the right to crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, medical care and legal services.

A sexual assault nurse examiner can evaluate a victim whose assault has occurred within the previous 120 hours (5 days).

During a sexual assault exam, the nurse will:

  • identify and care for injuries
  • collect physical evidence
  • assess risk of sexually transmitted diseases and give preventative treatment
  • assess risk of pregnancy and present emergency prevention options
  • give crisis information and referral to support services
  • provide referrals for appropriate medical follow-up

Educating the community about family violence and sexual abuse

Sexual assault nurse examiners can come to schools and community groups to educate students and adults about:

Remember...

Violence is a major public health problem. Understanding is the first step toward intervention.

  • sexual violence
  • health issues related to sexual violence
  • drug facilitated sexual assault
  • intimate partner violence
  • child abuse
  • safety issues
  • dating violence

For more on education options, contact Karine Zakroczymski, RN, manager, sexual assault care services, at 763-236-4172.