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Stanford ER now providing rape kits, support services to sexual assault survivors

People who experience sexual assault in northern Santa Clara County will no longer have to travel to San Jose to undergo a medical forensic exam.

As of Feb. 4, such exams, often referred to as rape kits, will be offered around the clock at the new Stanford Hospital by specially trained nurses, who will remain on call at all times. Rape crisis advocates will also be available to assist survivors.

According to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center spokesperson Joy Alexiou, sexual violence is such a traumatic event that community members had asked that the medical center expand to other locations so that survivors don't have to travel so far to be examined – previously, the only place in Santa Clara County offering them was in San Jose.

In response, the medical center has expanded its exam program to the new Stanford Hospital, and is working to open another location in south Santa Clara County.

Last year, the medical center, the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs' Association, District Attorney's office and crime laboratory, along with YWCA and Community Solutions, social services providers in the county, signed a new shared protocol that lays out procedures and plans to coordinate responses to sexual assault in a way that supports survivors, the announcement states.

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The expansion of these services coincides with a reported 79% increase in the number of medical forensic exams performed by the medical center's sexual assault forensic exam team between 2015 and 2019.

People who need a forensic medical exam should go to the emergency room at Stanford Hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive or the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center at 751 S Bascom Ave. in San Jose, Alexiou said.

For immediate in-person crisis assistance and counseling services, victims of sexual violence can contact YWCA's 24-hour support line at 800-572-2782.

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Stanford ER now providing rape kits, support services to sexual assault survivors

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 12:20 pm

People who experience sexual assault in northern Santa Clara County will no longer have to travel to San Jose to undergo a medical forensic exam.

As of Feb. 4, such exams, often referred to as rape kits, will be offered around the clock at the new Stanford Hospital by specially trained nurses, who will remain on call at all times. Rape crisis advocates will also be available to assist survivors.

According to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center spokesperson Joy Alexiou, sexual violence is such a traumatic event that community members had asked that the medical center expand to other locations so that survivors don't have to travel so far to be examined – previously, the only place in Santa Clara County offering them was in San Jose.

In response, the medical center has expanded its exam program to the new Stanford Hospital, and is working to open another location in south Santa Clara County.

Last year, the medical center, the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs' Association, District Attorney's office and crime laboratory, along with YWCA and Community Solutions, social services providers in the county, signed a new shared protocol that lays out procedures and plans to coordinate responses to sexual assault in a way that supports survivors, the announcement states.

The expansion of these services coincides with a reported 79% increase in the number of medical forensic exams performed by the medical center's sexual assault forensic exam team between 2015 and 2019.

People who need a forensic medical exam should go to the emergency room at Stanford Hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive or the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center at 751 S Bascom Ave. in San Jose, Alexiou said.

For immediate in-person crisis assistance and counseling services, victims of sexual violence can contact YWCA's 24-hour support line at 800-572-2782.

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