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 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.
Christiana Care Health Systems
Bayhealth Medical Center
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
(302) 629-6611 x2555
Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Kent County (24 Hour)
Kent & Sussex County
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Netword (RAINN)
Refers a victim to local rape crisis centers