Clothing for Sexual Assault Survivors in ER

Clothing for Sexual Assault Survivors in ER

From Meg Monahan

Raising fund for Sexual Assault Survivors to having undergarments & clothing when they leave the hospital, after their clothes have been taken as evidence.

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The sexual assault forensic examination is one of the hardest things a survivor must endure. 

We are lucky in Maine to have a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program which covers all but 5 hospital ER’s.

The exam is long; hours long. And involves collecting meticulous evidence...which is, of course, the person’s body itself. 

In addition to photographing the body, taking nail/hair/skin samples, an internal exam & recording the survivor’s report of the assault...her/their clothing is taken into evidence. 

SANE (nurses) do their best to personally stock the ER closets with undergarments etc...but many times a survivor leaves in paper underwear, no bra & hospital clothing. 

Please contribute to an undergarment & basics fund to help make this already daunting situation a little easier & dignified. 

Funds will purchase new comfortable undergarments & basic sweats to be donated to the ER departments in York & Cumberland Counties. 

Thank you!

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