Victims of sexual violence get the specific help they need, thanks to local non-profit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- - ABQ SANE Collaborative understands that victims of sexual violence have a unique set of medical needs, and require a specialized protocol.

In Bernalillo County, hospital workers have come to realize that the ER isn’t the right place to provide survivors with the services they need. Among the issues:  a waiting room where victims might sit for hours waiting to be seen, due to the lack of visible injuries. Followed by seeing a provider who wasn’t specially trained in how to best meet the specialized needs, making the collection of evidence problematic, unable to prevent contamination. 

Physicians are then called away from their practice to testify in those cases going to court and finally, the patient gets a bill.

ABQ SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) is a community non-profit providing medical and forensic services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Services are available 24 hours a day and are totally free.  No ID is required and victims do not need to report to the police.

SANE hosts an annual fundraiser to support the organization and this year's event will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will be held at the Albuquerque SANE Collaborative (625 Silver Ave, SW).  Tickets cost $60 and include a variety of mini-spa treatments, food and beverages, a chance to meet the SANE nurses, participate in a silent auction and just have a fun afternoon.  Everyone, including men, is invited.

For more information, visit their website.



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