When you or someone you care about has been sexually assaulted there is a place in Madison County where immediate medical and forensic treatment is available. The healing can begin at the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Community Hospital Anderson.
Don't suffer in silence; don't suffer alone; don't suffer from the worry of the unknown. There is a place of compassion, of affirmation, of healing, and of hope. The Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Community Hospital Anderson provided treatment for 90 percent of the reported sexual assaults in Madison County in 2006. Reclaim power and control and take the first step.
The Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center is available to any person who has been sexually assaulted. The Center is staffed by sexual assault nurse examiners. These registered nurses have received advanced training in proper forensic evidence collection and preservation. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Access is easy. Simply go to the Emergency Department at Community Hospital Anderson, and the triage nurse will alert the Center of your arrival. A sexual assault nurse examiner will meet with you at the hospital.
You will be taken to a safe, quiet, secluded area of the hospital. Family, friends and victim advocates are welcome to be with you at this critical time.
The Center offers a team approach in the investigation of the sexual assault involving law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and child protective services when appropriate.
In addition to the medical/forensic examination, antibiotics to guard against sexually transmitted diseases, and emergency contraceptive medication are available.
Because many times the police keep clothing as a part of the investigation process, new clothing and toiletry items are provided, as well as a shower facility.
Counseling services are available through the Center for Mental Health. Appropriate referrals will be given for additional needs, such as HIV and hepatitis testing.
All services are provided free of charge to those seeking treatment.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted:
Technology today is highly advanced, and the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center strives to use the most up-to-date equipment and techniques to obtain valuable DNA evidence.
By using a special fluorescent light source, a sexual assault nurse examiner can detect body fluid deposits such as saliva or semen on a patient's body. These body fluid deposits can then be gently removed from the patient's body and properly preserved to obtain DNA evidence.
The colposcope is a type of microscope that allows a nurse examiner to look for genital injuries not normally seen with the naked eye, in a painless, noninvasive way. Without the use of a colposcope, genital injuries and potential evidence could go undetected.
These are only a few of the many forensic techniques utilized by sexual assault nurse examiners at the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center.
For more information, call the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center at 765-622-2077.