Upon request, FRC staff provides accompaniment to the hospital for survivors of domestic and sexual assault seeking medical care. The focus of accompaniment is to provide emotional support and information. Advocates can also talk with you over the phone if in-person services are not preferred.
FRC provides immediate, in-person support to survivors, including those receiving a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam at an area hospital. A SANE exam is a forensic exam performed by a certified, trained nurse that gathers evidence for future use by medical and legal personnel in the pursuit and investigation of a criminal case.
There is no legal requirement that a survivor of sexual assault take a SANE exam, nor is the exam required in order for a survivor to participate with law enforcement or criminal justice personnel in any criminal or legal proceedings. While survivors have the choice, the time immediately following a sexual assault can be very difficult and confusing, affecting a person’s ability to make decisions. A SANE exam can be a traumatic experience on top of the actual assault. FRC staff are trained to provide survivors with support, companionship, information and referrals during this exceptionally painful time.
To access FRC’s emergency services, call our 24 hour crisis hotline: 1-800-613-6145.