Ridgecrest Needs a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

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Hear our voices! Ridgecrest needs a sexual assault nurse examiner.

Currently, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) does not have the means to administer a forensic exam (a.k.a. rape kit), because RRH does not employ a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). SANEs are the only qualified individuals to examine and take evidence from rape victims to be used in court. If a victim wanted to seek help after a rape, they would have to drive to Bakersfield. Traveling over two hours can compromise evidence and further traumatize the victim after the assault. Immediate transportation may not be available from law enforcement and if this is the case, the victim may not have transportation of their own. RRH has recently incorporated many wonderful resources, please make employing a SANE a priority for 2018.