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Sexual Assault Sexual Assault
Sexual violence is any act (verbal and/or physical) which breaks a person's trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. The term "sexual violence" includes rape, sexual assault, incest, child sexual abuse, ritual abuse, marital, partner or acquaintance sexual assault, sexual harassment, exhibitionism, some types of stalking and voyeurism.

Sexual assaults are acts of violence where sex is used as the weapon. Victims/survivors of sexual violence are forced, coerced, and/or manipulated to participate in unwanted sexual activity and feel violated. Assaults are motivated out of a need to feel powerful by controlling, dominating, or humiliating the victim.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.)
The SANE provides compassionate and expert medical and forensic care. The SANE coordinates patient management with the emergency room physician when physical injuries are present. In coordination with advocates, the SANE also provides education and resource information to victims in crisis. Women & Infants Emergency Department has S.A.N.E. certified nurses available 24/7 to care for victims of sexual assault.

Click here to access an outline of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) Training Program.

Crisis Intervention
Medical staff should offer the victim an advocate who is trained in sexual assault crisis intervention; however, if the victim refuses the advocate, or it takes longer for the advocate to arrive than expected, some basic crisis intervention skills may be helpful.

A wide range of human emotions and behaviors can accompany crisis, particularly when the crisis relates to victimization. People react differently to stress and crisis situations based on their own skills or behaviors, abilities to cope, maturation levels, and personalities. Crisis intervention for victims of crime may vary depending on the needs of the victim and the type of victimization. However, there are some critical elements to crisis intervention described below in the Three Phases of Crisis Intervention, 10 Phase 1 will be most important for health care providers.
» Three Phases of Crisis

Local Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault

Day One: Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center 401-421-4100
Women's Center of Rhode Island 401-861-2760
Hasbro Child Safe Clinic 401-444-3996
(MD on call after hours)
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence 401-467-9940
Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center 401-723-3057
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center 401-738-1700
Sojourner House 401-658-4334
Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
Women's Resource Center
Serving Newport and Bristol Counties
Other Resources – Sexual Assault Resource Guide
Registration for Childbirth and parenting classes
Answers to your most pressing questions
  Follow-Up For Victims
Schedule an Appoinment at the Sexual Assault Follow-Up Clinic located at the Womens Primary Care Center.

(401) 274-1122 ext. 1520

» Guidelines for Follow-Up
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