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February 15, 2021

What is Medical Accompaniment?

Medical Accompaniment for a SANE exam

Rape Response Advocates support sexual assault survivors in the hospital emergency department. Survivors living within our six county service area (Habersham, Forsyth, Lumpkin, Dawson, Hall, and White) can receive a Forensic Medical Exam at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville. During this exam, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) collects evidence, examines and documents any injuries and offers preventative treatment for possible pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The main focus of accompaniment, as an Advocate, is to stay by the survivor’s side and provide support throughout their entire journey in the emergency room, walking them through any questions they may have throughout the process. Survivors are given a lot of information during this traumatic time in their life; Rape Response is there to help as much or as little as survivors need in order to feel as comfortable and informed as possible during this time. For more information about SANE’s and Forensic Exams click here or call 770-503-7273 to speak with an Advocate!