Sexual Assault Nurse Exam

 

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Guernsey County is extremely grateful to announce the opening of their on-site Medical Room to provide non-acute forensic medical exams to child victims of sexual abuse. This was a service that had not been locally available for child victims since 2011.  As of October 2018, we can now provide these specialized services on-site.

Child victims and their families were having to travel up to 90 minutes to receive this specialized non-acute Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE). Now this service is available on-site at the CAC which provides a safe, supportive and child friendly environment.  Our local hospital brought back their SANE program in 2019 so that children can now receive acute SANE services locally. Having both of these resources for children in need is a huge accomplishment and blessing for our small community.

When there is a concern or report of sexual abuse, children deserve to be cared for by a medical professional with expertise in this area.  Providing these specialized, trauma informed services help children begin their healing process.

Referrals for this service are typically received from Children Services or Law Enforcement.  The CAC is able to provide non-acute SANE services.  If there is an acute concern (suspected abuse has occurred within the past 72-96 hours), please refer to the nearest emergency room for further treatment so arrangements can be made for the child to be evaluated at the nearest facility capable of providing acute SANE services.  Our local hospital, Southeastern Med, can be reached at 740-439-8000.