Help for victims of sexual assault
Through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, Freeman doctors and nurses offer compassionate care to sexual assault victims at the Freeman Hospital West Emergency Room
in Joplin. The SANE program provides a coordinated hospital response and comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence.
- A medical evaluation
- Standardized forensic examination with evidence collection
- Effective interface with law enforcement and advocacy services
Freeman understands the seriousness of sexual crimes, and we treat our patients with the sensitivity they deserve. With the SANE program, now more than ever, Freeman helps fight sexual violence in our communities.
The SANE program at Freeman is the only one of its kind in an approximate 60-mile radius of Joplin. In partnership with Lafayette House
, the program also offers emergency shelter and services. Additionally, the SANE program provides community education on sexual violence awareness, prevention, and available services.
How it works
To receive help through this program, sexual assault victims must visit Freeman West Emergency Room
within five days of the assault. A specially trained nurse, called the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, works with the victim by providing care, compassion, and treatment. The SANE program works with sexual assault victims 18 years of age or older. If the victim chooses, SANE reports the crime and/or collects evidence of the sexual assault.
Read the SANE brochure
for more information about sexual assault.
Freeman Emergency Room - Freeman Hospital West
1102 West 32nd Street
Freeman SANE Program