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If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, we can help. Pullman Regional Hospital provides forensic medical exams and care for adults and pediatric sexual assault patients through our Emergency Department. Exams are performed by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) with specialized training and expertise in the care of patients who have experienced sexual assault. We currently have 15 SANE nurses on staff, with 5 nurses having undergone additional training specific for pediatric cases.
If the assault occurred in the last five days, we can collect forensic evidence. It is best not to shower or change clothes before the exam, but if you have, we are still able to collect evidence. If the assault occurred more than 5 days ago we can provide medical evaluation, certain medications and additional resources. You are not required to make a police report to have an exam.
For victims in Washington State, the medical forensic exam, evidence collection, and post-assault lab work and medications are billed to the Washington Crime Victims Compensation Program.
For additional information and resources:
- Washington State University Police Department
- Pullman Police Department
- Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse
- Washington State University Counseling Services
- Palouse River Counseling
- Crime Victims of Washington (Crime Victims Compensation Program)
- Seek Then Speak
During a sexual assault exam, we will:
- Identify and care for injuries
- Collect forensic evidence
- Collect photos of injuries if needed (and if patient consents)
- Provide preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- Provide pregnancy testing and options to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy
- Give crisis information and referral to support services
- Provide resources for appropriate medical follow up, including introductions to help agencies
- Coordinate with law enforcement if choosing to report
A sexual assault nurse examiner is a registered nurse with special education and training surrounding the care of people who have experienced sexual and family violence. The nurse offers information and support needed to make personal choices about healthcare following rape, sexual assault or family violence.
Throughout the process, you will be told exactly what will be done and why. During your exam, you can ask questions or refuse any part of the process. You can ask to have someone with you, including a friend, family member or other medical advocate.