Ex­pan­sion of SANE pro­gram to Truro hos­pi­tal wel­comed

Move comes in wake of cases put be­fore the prov­ince

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

Pub­lic out­cry over a lack of proper care for sex­ual as­sault vic­tims in Truro has prompted a com­mit­ment from the prov­ince to ex­pand its Sex­ual As­sault Nurse Ex­am­iner (SANE) pro­gram to the area.

The com­mit­ment fol­lows re­cent news sto­ries of two women who came for­ward to share their ac­counts of be­ing im­prop­erly re­ceived when they went to the Colch­ester East Hants Health Cen­tre to re­port they had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

“My ini­tial re­ac­tion is that I’m ex­cited that there’s go­ing to be a sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­iner for the Colch­ester Hos­pi­tal,” said one of the women, who had emailed in­for­ma­tion di­rectly to Health and Well­ness Min­is­ter Randy Delorey of be­ing mis­treated at the hos­pi­tal in 2014.

“It’s a small vic­tory,” she told the Truro News. “We need to have more changes in re­gard to sex­ual vi­o­lence and how peo­ple are dealt with. So I think this is a good rst step. e rea­son for bring­ing my story for­ward was never to help my­self, it was to pre­vent it from hap­pen­ing to any­one else.”

e woman learned of the move through a let­ter emailed to her from Delorey say­ing Premier Stephen Mcneil is com­mit­ted to hav­ing SANE ser­vices in Truro.

A spokesper­son for Nova Sco­tia Health Author­ity said op­tions are be­ing ex­plored on how to ex­pand SANE ser­vices to the Truro area with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to be pro­vided when avail­able.

“Ex­pand­ing SANE ser­vices in this area will as­sist to en­hance sys­tem re­spon­sive­ness to in­di­vid­u­als who dis­close an in­ci­dent of sex­ual vi­o­lence,” Delorey’s let­ter says. “It is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of a trauma-in­formed ap­proach to the care of in­di­vid­u­als who have ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual as­sault.”

Delorey said a so­lu­tion is be­ing de­vel­oped to mit­i­gate cur­rent gaps in ac­cess in Cum­ber­land and Colch­ester coun­ties while iden­ti­fy­ing op­tions to ad­dress ser­vice gaps in the longer term.

While wel­com­ing the an­nounce­ment by the govern­ment, the woman, who asked that her name be with­held, said neg­a­tive com­ments pub­lished on so­cial me­dia about med­i­cal sta at the hos­pi­tal are un­fair and she has no in­ter­est in hav­ing any­one rep­ri­manded.

“I just think that given the short­ages in our health-care sys­tem, prob­a­bly the re­sponse wasn’t ap­pro­pri­ate from the nurses or the hos­pi­tal at that time but it’s the re­sponse they are given be­cause of their sta short­ages and be­cause of the in­ex­pe­ri­ence and not be­ing prop­erly trained,” she said.

“All I want to do is nd the holes and x the holes and get the train­ing in there for the health care pro­fes­sion­als, so they can de­liver what they need to for ev­ery other per­son who walks through that front door.”

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