Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Center
SAFE Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide comprehensive medical forensic examinations to both male and female survivors of sexual assault ages 12 and up. With patient consent, evidence is collected and documented by specially trained, forensic nurse examiners in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Advocates are available to offer emotional support, information and connection to additional resources.
Receiving immediate medical attention is one of the most important things that you can do if you have been sexually assaulted. You may have injuries that need to be treated, and you may want to address and receive treatment for the possibility of pregnancy and contracting sexually transmissible infections (STIs). All of these services are available to survivors of sexual assault within SAFE Center.
SAFE Center’s Impact On the Community:
- Providing consistent quality of care for all survivors of sexual assault across the county.
- Reduce wait time for survivor – SAFE Center guarantee’s a 60-minute response time for all survivors.
- Each survivor of sexual assault (ages 12 and up) will have an exam conducted by a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner that has an expertise in evidence collection, informed consent and client-centered crisis intervention.
- Increase in quality of evidence collection will impact the investigation and prosecution process for sexual assault cases in our county.
- Every survivor will have immediate access to follow-up services including victim advocacy, crisis counseling, support groups, therapeutic services and SafeHouse emergency shelter.
If you have been sexually assaulted call 911 or YWCA’s Crisis Line at (810) 238-SAFE.
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM (SART)
SART, the Sexual Assault Response Team of Genesee County, is a victim-centered community collaborative effort designed to provide a coordinated response to sexual assaults in our community. This team consists of representatives from the Prosecutor’s Office, numerous police departments, SANE trained nurses and management from our local hospitals, Public Safety officers from area colleges and universities, Michigan State Police Crime Lab, and many other community partners.
Genesee County’s SART is focused on 1) meeting the needs of sexual assault survivors, and 2) more effectively hold offender’s accountable. The team meets on a monthly basis to work on cross-training for service providers from each entity, improve victim support and communication, and assess the gaps of services in our community.