The Emergency Department and Trauma Center at Mercy Hospital Joplin offers comprehensive, around-the-clock care and counseling for victims of sexual assault. Through a program called SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), specially trained providers deliver prompt medical exams, compassionate emotional support and what-to-do-next counseling. For female and male victims, this includes:
To receive SANE services, it is best to visit our Emergency Department as soon as possible after the assault, but at least within five days. Try not to drink, chew gum, eat, change clothes or shower. However, if you did these things, that’s okay. You should still come to the hospital.
If you are unsure about what to do, please call (417) 556-2300 and we will get a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner on the phone with you. Through our Emergency Department, we are available 24-hours a day with the expert medical care and support you need.
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