Locally reported cases of sexual assault overwhelmingly involve children under the age of 18. In 2017, 42 victims of sexual assault/domestic violence were treated by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) in Washington County.
How does this program help?
Our S.A.N.E. nurses testify in court cases. During on these cases, a 13-year-old was sexually assaulted by her father; the S.A.N.E. nurse was on the stand for more than an hour, and the father was incarcerated. Had it not been for this nurse receiving training in forensic sciences at a conference in Dallas, the perpetrator would have been released back into our community – possibly repeating the crime or victimizing another young girl.
Every year, on the last Wednesday in April, The Denim Day Campaign is run in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. In Italy, in 1998, an eighteen year old was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. The case against the perpetrator was overturned, since the judge ruled that he could not have gotten the victims tight jeans off without her assistance. The judge ruled, this did not count as rape. In solidarity, women in the Italian Parliament all wore jeans to work to protest this ruling. Denim Day was created based on this act, and has been in effect for the past 20 years.
How is it funded?
Support is needed to keep the S.A.N.E. program running. Donations help recruit and provide training for new S.A.N.E. nurses, purchase necessary equipment and supplies and assist in efforts to educate the community about sexual assault and prevention.