Canandaigua, Ontario County – New York — The Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes recently purchased a new colposcope to improve the care the sexual assault nurses at UR Medicine Thompson Health provide to survivors, and especially to pediatric survivors.
Cristine Crawford, the coordinator of Thompson’s sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) program, said the Mobile ODT EVA (Enhanced Visual Assessment) System is smaller than traditional scopes, is less intrusive for patients, and provides better quality photographs. In addition, the EVA System facilitates sharing of information with medical providers and law enforcement if indicated.
Thompson became designated as a “Sexual Assault Center of Excellence” by New York state in 2006. According to Crawford, there are only 44 centers in the state, and most are located downstate. There are two in Monroe County but none in Seneca, Yates, Wayne or Livingston counties, so many sexual assault victims from those counties are treated at Thompson. Some are sent from other hospitals and some come to Thompson as the result of formal agreements with Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva and New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls.
“The work of the sexual assault nurse examiners, and the comfort they provide survivors, has been invaluable,” said Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts.