Pro­gram aids nurses in ad­dress­ing sex as­sault

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Charles Pritchard cpritchard@onei­dadis­

“The board lis­tened. The board cared. The board moved. And they told [then] Dean Nelson to tell me: Make it hap­pen.”

Those were the in­struc­tions Mer­rill Miller, MD and Col­gate Univer­sity Direc­tor of Health Ser­vices were given when told to start the Sex­ual As­sault Nurse Ex­am­iner or SANE pro­gram.

Sex­ual As­sault Nurse Ex­am­in­ers are reg­is­tered nurses who have com­pleted spe­cial­ized ed­u­ca­tion and clin­i­cal prepa­ra­tion in the med­i­cal forensic care of a pa­tient who has ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual abuse.

Over the last 15 years, there have been three sig­nif­i­cant dis­cus­sions about bring­ing SANE nurses to the lo­cal area. But the com­plex­ity, the cost, the time, the ef­fort and the needed volunteers had pushed the SANE pro­gram back.

But fi­nally, the SANE pro­gram is com­ing to Madi­son County, bring­ing with it the re­sources vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault need to bring their at­tacker to face jus­tice.

If some­one in Madi­son County was the vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault and lived in the lo­cal Madi­son County, they’d be ex­pected to drive up to 30 miles to­wards Syra­cuse to get tested by cer­ti­fied nurse.

“Lib­erty Re­sources and Help Re­store Hope Cen­ter is pleased to bring greater vic­tim ser­vices to this area,” Sara Haag, Di­vi­sional Direc­tor of Lib­erty Re­sources said.

Bring­ing the SANE pro­gram to

Madi­son County is a joint part­ner­ship, with Col­gate Univer­sity, Community Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Hamil- ton and Lib­erty Re­sources.

“Community Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal is proud to part­ner with Lib­erty Re­sources and Col­gate Univer­sity to pro­vide this cru­cial ser­vice for the re­gion,” said Sean Fadale, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Community Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal.

The f ive in­au­gu­ral nurses who have been SANE trained “...are ready to help vic­tims be­come sur­vivors, and to move for­ward af­ter a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence,” Miller said in a press re­lease.

Madi­son County SANE ser­vices can be ac­cessed by con­tact­ing Help Re­store Hope Cen­ter’s hot­line at 1-855-966-9723 or pre­sent­ing di­rectly to the emer­gency room at Community Me­mo­rial in Hamil­ton.


A pro­gram to help train nurses in ad­dress­ing sex­ual as­sault cases will soon be avail­able in Madi­son County.

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