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Sexual assault can impact victim’s health in many ways. Some ways are serious and can lead to long-term health problems. These include chronic pain, headaches, stomach problems, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Sexual assault has an emotional impact as well. Victims often are fearful and anxious. They may replay the attack over and over in their minds. They may have problems with trust and be wary of becoming involved with others. The anger and stress that victims feel may lead to eating disorders and depression. Some even think about or attempt suicide.

Sexual assault is also linked to negative health behaviors. For example, victims are more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol, use drugs, and engage in risky sexual activity.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specially trained to provide comprehensive care for victims of sexual assault. SANEs provide physical care and can be emotionally supportive while objectively collecting evidence and documenting observations. It is possible that they may testify in court on their findings as well.

The SANEs are part of the statewide multi-disciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). SART coordinates the efforts of law enforcement officers, rape crisis advocates, the Department of Justice, Attorney General’s office, medical professionals and community referral agencies. The team was created to ensure that victims of sexual assault are not revictimized by the medical and legal systems. SART strives to provide a safe and secure environment for victims of sexual assault, to reduce the victim’s emotional trauma, and to promote support for the recovery journey.

Delaware SANE Programs

Beebe Medical Center

Christiana Care Health Systems

Bayhealth Medical Center

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
302-629-6611 x2555

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Rape Crisis

New Castle County (24 Hour)
Sexual Assault Response Center (YWCA)
SARC Information Card
SARC Resource Brochure

Kent County (24 Hour)

Sussex County (24 hour)
Sexual Assault Response Center (YWCA)
SARC Information Card
SARC Resource Brochure

Survivors of Abuse in Recovery
New Castle County

Kent & Sussex County

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Netword (RAINN)
Refers a victim to local rape crisis centers