MSU plans to implement a new program to help sexual assault survivors

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Michigan State University is planning to launch a new program in the spring of 2020 to help sexual assault survivors.

It’s the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, also known as SANE.

When visiting the program, survivors will be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, checked for injuries and given the option for available counseling. A rape kit, also known as a sexual assault kit will be using for taking forensic evidence and clothing.

A psychology professor at MSU says putting this on campus will make it easy for students to get help and report their assault.

“Survivors being able to go to campus and get that done on campus, may even help break down some barriers of not being able to report right away,” said MSU professor Rebecca Campbell.

And some experts even think it may increase the amount of cases that get reported.

“Survivors being able to go to campus and get that done on campus, may even help break down some barriers of not being able to report right away,” said Medical Advocacy Coordinator at End Violent Encounters, Rachel Swedburg.

The plan is to have the program stay open 24/7 all year long.

“The goal is to always have available services for survivors to seek help health care and forensic evidence no matter what time of the day no matter what time of the year,” said professor Campbell.

And along with Sparrow’s SANE program, survivors will have multiple places to choose from to get care.

“They’ve had their options taken away from them and their choices, and so when we’re giving them that power of choice back as of where they can go to Sparrow to get the exam or to MSU, that gives them options and may even make them feel more empowered, and more in control of the situation,” said Swedburg.

The program is still being processed into how forensic nurses and medical staff will be hired in.

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