Help for Victims of Sexual Assault

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:

  • 24-hour access to free forensic sexual assault exams and evidence collection
  • Victim anonymity
  • Coordinated efforts with local law enforcement and judicial system to provide justice for survivors of sexual related crimes
  • In-house social workers to help coordinate safe shelter
  • Complete medical screenings available upon request
  • Assistance with treatment plans for children
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) treatment and family planning counseling upon request
  • 24-hour access to a sexual assault advocate to support you through the process

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. 

The first step is the hardest.
You did not deserve this.
You are not alone.
Let us help you.

Contact Information

Mercy Joplin
Emergency Department
SANE Program
100 Mercy Way
Joplin, MO. 64804
(417) 556-2300