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Rural nurses get training to better identify sexual assaults

Jan 29, 2019 | News and Media Coverage

News Channel 5 Nashville (WTVF) – (January 29, 2019)

The EVA System for SANE was recently featured on News Channel 5 Nashville.

One in four women and one in six men will experience sexual assault sometime in their life. But what’s more frightening, is many sexual assaults go unreported, especially in rural communities. There is a new grant that aims to decrease the number of unreported sexual assaults in the Appalachian highlands and increase prosecution.

Right now there aren’t sexual assault nurse examiners, otherwise known as SANE nurses, at every hospital or clinic.

“There’s a lack of knowledge and education on where clinics are located and where to go,” said Rachel Shearin, SAFE-SANE clinic coordinator.

In Nashville sexual assault victims can go to metro Nashville general hospital, Vanderbilt or the sexual assault center for an examination by a SANE nurse. The sexual assault center is 24/7. In rural communities, sometimes you have to drive more than an hour to find a trained specialist.

SANE nurses are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of patients experiencing sexual assault or abuse.


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