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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

New Clinic Offers Medical Attention, Compassionate Services to Victims of Sexual Assault

Thursday November 9, 2006

Louisville's first community-based sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) clinic opened today at The Center for Women and Families. The The Center for Women and FamiliesLouisville SANE Clinic is fueled by a collaborative including The Center for Women and Families, University Hospital, Louisville Metro, and agencies comprising the Louisville Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

"The SANE Clinic will serve as a critical lifeline for victims of sexual assault, providing them not only medical care, but also compassion, dignity, honor and confidence," said Mayor Jerry Abramson. "I congratulate The Center for Women and Families and all of the partners in the medical, law enforcement, justice and human services fields who have worked together to make this clinic a reality."Metro TV

The clinic provides immediate, confidential, no-cost services for sexual assault victims. There will be no waiting in a hospital waiting room, and the services are provided by a trained registered nurse who has completed specialized training in the care and treatment of sexual assault victims. The clinic's location in the heart of The Center for Women and Families' downtown campus will connect primary and secondary victims, such as parents and partners, to supportive counseling and advocacy services.

SANE Clinic
"This clinic represents a tremendous opportunity for community partnership in support of victims of sexual assault," said Dr. Bill Smock, the clinic's lead advisor and Louisville Metro Police Department Professor with University Hospital Division of Protective Medicine.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a similar clinic operates from a local rape crisis center, victims requesting long-term counseling services increased from 10% to 50% after the clinic opened on its premises.

Denise Vazquez Troutman, president/CEO of The Center for Women and Families, anticipates a similar increase in counseling and therapy services. "Our staff and volunteers are prepared to meet the demand. This is an important community initiative that honors a victim's journey toward becoming a survivor."

Kentucky is one of few states that has legislated a SANE credential, which is issued by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Through continued SANE awareness and training, project partners plan for the clinic to reach full staff capacity to provide 24-hour response in the coming months.

One in six women and one in 33 men will be the victim of sexual assault. Every two and a half minutes someone is raped in America. An estimated 40 percent of all rapes are never reported.

University Hospital is committed to creating the knowledge to heal and its patients benefit from this medical knowledge. Being the primary adult teaching hospital for the University of Louisville's School of Medicine means patients at University Hospital receive the most up-to-date treatment in the region as well as the latest medical techniques.

The Center for Women and Families engages individuals and community in the elimination of domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education and advocacy.