I. A.M. STRONG: Sexual assault victims have ‘Safe Place’ at Tripler

| April 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs
News Release

TAMC

TAMC

HONOLULU — Sexual assault victims can get help through the “Safe Place” at Tripler Army Medical Center.

U.S. and foreign service members and their family members, and civilians can use the Safe Place.

The two-year-old program includes a multidisciplinary team, said Allyson Cordoni, a program coordinator at TAMC. Safe Place can coordinate services with all branches of the government, to include comprehensive medical exams, victim advocate services, chaplain services, social work services and law enforcement.

“Obstetricians, family medicine practitioners and sexual assault nurse examiners all work together to ensure the physical health of our patients,” she added.

Anyone requesting service receives a comprehensive evaluation, including blood work and sexually transmitted disease testing. Also, psychological care is provided and follow-up care is offered two to four weeks after the initial visit. Patients can talk to medical professionals about treatments to prevent pregnancy and infections.

Practitioners have been specially trained to examine and treat victims and perform forensic examinations in private, quiet and clinical settings.

“It’s important that we ensure victims’ needs are met,” Cordoni said.

Safe Place also provides information to the public on how to be aware of the dangers of sexual assault, as well as where and when assault is most likely to occur.

The majority of sexual assault victims treated at TAMC in the last year have been women between the ages of 18-24, according to Cordoni. She said that, in most cases, alcohol was a factor.

“If someone tells you they have been sexually assaulted, the first thing you should do is get them to a safe location,” Cordoni said. “If there’s an immediate threat to their safety, call 911 right away. If not, contact the appropriate victim advocates. If they need medical attention, escort them to the emergency department.”

Resources

Resources are available to prevent and help you if you are threatened or experience domestic violence:

  • TAMC’s Safe Place at 433-5083.
  • Military Police at Schofield Barracks, 655-5555; at Fort Shafter, 438-7114.
  • The 24/7 (Army) victim advocate SAFE line at 624-7233, www.SafeHelpline.org or (877) 995-5247.
  • The Child Protective Service Switchboard at 832-5300.

Visit the following websites for prevention information:

  • Department of Defense sexual assault prevention and response at www.sapr.mil.
  • Army sexual assault awareness at www.sexualassault.army.mil.
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center at www.nsvrc.org/saam; search for “Army.”
  • Army One Source at www.armyonesource.com; click on “Family Programs and Services,” then “Family Advocacy Program.”

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