Ministry Saint Clare’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Recognized for Support of Abuse Victims

The Women’s Community in Wausau has named the Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program the recipient of its 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Supporting Sexual Assault Victims.

The Award was presented on Wednesday, April 25 during a special ceremony at The University of Wisconsin Marathon County to commemorate Denim Day, a national recognition held during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Operating out of Ministry Saint Clare’s Emergency Department, SANE nurses are registered nurses who have advanced education and clinical preparation to help meet the needs of abuse victims. By providing immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment, they are trained to collect and maintain the chain of evidence, provide emotional support and make arrangements for any follow-up support that may be needed.

“The SANE nurses at Ministry Saint Clare’s work tirelessly to support victims of abuse in our community,” said Jessica Lind, Sexual Assault Victim Services Program Coordinator at the Women’s Community. “They also are community leaders in efforts to educate, develop protocols and hold defendants accountable through precise collection of evidence and court testimony.”

Ministry Saint Clare’s has had its SANE program in place since opening in October of 2005. Today , it operates with eight nurses who provide 24/7 coverage with advanced training in pediatric cases and those involving suspected strangulation.

“We are tremendously proud of our SANE program,” said Ministry Saint Clare’s President Mary Krueger. “Everyone involved with this effort excel in providing highly specialized clinical care in concert with the care and compassion needed under difficult circumstances.”

Sexual assault is widely accepted to be vastly under reported as it is estimated that less than 40% of victims report their crime to police. This makes collecting accurate data about sexual assault challenging.

A member of the Ministry Health Care system sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital is a 110-bed all-digital provider of quality, compassionate care offering a wide range of primary and specialty care at the Weston Regional Medical Center. The mission of Ministry Health Care is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.

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