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Pro­gram that’s lack­ing at Truro hospi­tal deemed cru­cial

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­

A lo­cal group has formed to ap­ply pres­sure to have a SANE pro­gram im­ple­mented at the Truro Hospi­tal.

A group of women from Colch­ester County are de­ter­mined not to give up un­til the prov­ince agrees to place a sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­iner (SANE) at the Colch­ester- East Hants Health Cen­tre.

Tracey Dor­ring­ton- Skin­ner, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of e Lo­tus Cen­tre, is driven, in part, by her own past ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Prior to the SANE nurses be­ing o ered, I too was a vic­tim of sex­ual abuse and sex­ual trauma,” she said. “My ex­pe­ri­ence with the RCMP in Truro was not a great one. As a mat­ter of fact, when I left the RCMP I felt far worse than I had prior to go­ing in.”

She said it was ob­vi­ous the per­son who talked with her was un­com­fort­able and hav­ing some­one trained to walk her through the process would have made things much eas­ier.

e is­sue was re­cently brought fur­ther to light af­ter a wo­man went to the lo­cal hospi­tal’s emer­gency room and re­ported she was sex­u­ally as­saulted. e wo­man said she sent on her way with a cou­ple of pam­phlets, since there was no SANE ser­vice at the hospi­tal. She was forced to go to Antigonish to be treated.

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mon River MLA Lenore Zann said Truro is the only large area with­out SANE, and the com­mu­nity is not on a re­cently re­leased list of com­mu­ni­ties that will re­ceive one.

“A SANE is im­por­tant be­cause, if some­body is sex­u­ally as­saulted, raped, what­ever, they can go to the hospi­tal and im­me­di­ately this per­son is called, and that per­son looks af­ter them,” she said. “ ey take them through the steps. ey have a rape kit. ey do the things that need to be done in health care for the per­son, but

also, men­tally and emo­tion­ally, they’re there for the per­son.”

Sev­eral nurses who are in­ter­ested in be­ing trained for the SANE pro­gram have al­ready con­tacted the Colch­ester Sex­ual As­sault Cen­tre.

Mar­garet Mauger, a trauma ther­a­pist at the cen­tre, who pre­vi­ously served as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, has been push­ing for a SANE since 2010.

“Sex­u­al­ized vi­o­lence is a com­mu­nity is­sue,” she said. “If you haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced it your­self, you most likely do know some­one that has been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

“Peo­ple of­ten for­get men are vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault, too, and it’s usu­ally very di cult for them to talk about what’s hap­pened.”

The women re­cently made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Truro Town Coun­cil, re­quest­ing mem­bers write let­ters of sup­port to gov­ern­ment o cials. ey also plan to make a pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore Colch­ester County Coun­cil.


Women from Colch­ester County are ght­ing to have a sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­iner (SANE) im­ple­mented at Truro’s hospi­tal. Some of them have been work­ing on this for sev­eral years.

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