Sexaul Assualt Program Overview
RAPE: One person is raped every 2.6 minutes.
CHILD ABUSE and NEGLECT: One child is reported abused or neglected every 39.7 seconds.
What is Sexual Assault?
According to The National Center For Victims of Crime, sexual assault takes many different forms, including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothing, without that person’s consent. Basically, any sexual behavior a person has not consented to that causes the person to feel uncomfortable, frightened, or intimidated is included in the sexual assault category.
Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or even family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure, or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
Anyone can be assaulted regardless of his or her color, race, religion, nationality, lifestyle, sexual preference, education, class, occupation, ability, or disability. Sexual assault happens to men, women, and children of all ages.
Washington Health System Washington Hospital’s Sexual Assault Program provides 24-hour on-call services for all male and female victims of sexual assault or abuse, both adult and pediatric.
The primary mission of the SANE program is to meet the needs of the sexual assault victim presenting to Washington Health System E. Ronald and Constance Salvitti Emergency Care Canter by providing immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment by trained professional nurse experts.
Washington Health System Washington Hospital Sexual Assault Program is a member of the Washington County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). The MDT consists of:
1. The STTARS Program (Sexual Trauma Treatment and Recovery Services)
The STTARS Program provides counseling, medical and legal advocacy and education for sexual assault victims and their families, and the community. All services are free and confidential. Offices located in Washington and Waynesburg.
2. A Voice For Me” Child Advocacy Center of Washington.
The Child Advocacy Center conducts Forensic Interviews for children who are alleged victims of serious physical and sexual abuse. The CAC offers a safe child-friendly environment. The CAC is located at Washington Health System Washington Hospital.
3. Washington County Children and Youth Services (CYS)
The county government agency with the responsibility of responding to the community’s concerns regarding the safety of children in our county.
4. Washington County District Attorney’s Office
The Domestic Violence/Sex Crimes Unit investigates and prosecutes sexually motivated crimes against both children and adults and cases involving domestic violence.
5. State and local Law Enforcement agencies
The law enforcement representative responds to the crime, interviews the victim, investigates the incident, and ensures the safety of the victim.
6. Washington Health System Washington Hospital Sexual Assault Program
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will collect and preserve forensic evidence, offer prophylactic treatment for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, provide resources and referrals.
The Multidisciplinary Team approach provides victims with access to comprehensive immediate care, helps minimize trauma they may experience, and encourages their use of community resources. The MDT enables victims to regain control of their lives and begin the healing process.