Nurses at ETMC Gilmer helping victims of sexual assault


POSTED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6:54pm

Every two minutes a woman in the United States is sexually assaulted. Evidence collected from the bodies of the victims after the sexual assault is the most important part in the prosecution's case against the defendant. 

Four Gilmer ETMC nurses have undergone 240 hours of training to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or "SANE"  to collect evidence as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

 The nurses are on call 24/7 and collect the evidence from the clothing and bodies of sexually assaulted women and children who come to Gilmer ETM.

KETK's Alexandra Carter spoke with E.R. Administrator Terry Curington who says having this service close to home is a way to make a devastating time a little easier on the victims.

" To extend this service to the community so these people don't have to be transferred out of the area to have this very difficult examination performed..because not only have they been assaulted sexually .. Then they have to go through the examination process to collect the evidence..and that's know..troubling." 

The nurses also testify in court.

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