Rape. Break the silence.
Sexual assault and domestic violence are often intertwining issues. Alternatives has a team of trained personnel available 24 hours a day to provide crisis response and advocacy for victims of rape and sexual assault. In our six-county service area, we provide crisis response for the following hospitals: Community Hospital Anderson; Hancock Regional Hospital; St. John’s Health System; St. Vincent Mercy Hospital; and Tipton Hospital. Our advocates will assist victims with filing a protective order and support them through the legal system. Alternatives partners with the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center to better serve victims of sexual assault.
When you or someone you care about has been sexually assaulted there is a place in Madison County where immediate medical and forensic treatment is available. The healing can begin at the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center.
Don't suffer in silence; don't suffer alone; don't suffer from the worry of the unknown. There is a place of compassion, of affirmation, of healing, and of hope. The Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center of Community Hospital Anderson provided treatment for 85 percent of the reported sexual assaults in Madison County in 2008. Reclaim power and control and take the first step.
The Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center is available to any person who has been sexually assaulted. The Center is staffed by sexual assault nurse examiners. These registered nurses have received advanced training in proper forensic evidence collection and preservation. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Access is easy. Simply go to the Emergency Department at Community Hospital Anderson, and the triage nurse will alert the Center of your arrival.
The Center offers a team approach in the investigation of the sexual assault involving law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and child protective services when appropriate. In addition to the medical/forensic examination, antibiotics to guard against sexually transmitted infections, and emergency contraceptive medication are available.
Because many times the police keep clothing as a part of the investigation process, new clothing and toiletry items are provided, as well as a shower facility. Counseling services are available through the Center for Mental Health. Appropriate referrals will be given for additional needs, such as HIV and hepatitis testing.
All services are provided free of charge to those seeking treatment.
Know the facts
- Sexual assault is a CRIME of violence, power and control
- One out of every four females will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime
- One out of every eight men will be sexually assaulted in his lifetime
- In the United States, 1.3 women are sexually assaulted every minute
- In 80% of all sexual assaults, the person knows the attacker
- Ninety percent of all sexual assaults go unreported.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted:
- Go to a safe place
- Call the police, dial 911
- Do not shower, bathe or brush your teeth
- Do not eat, drink or smoke
- Do not use the toilet, but if you must, do not wipe with toilet tissue
- Do not change your clothing
- Go to the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Community Hospital Anderson immediately
For more information, call the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center at (765) 622-2077.