Sexual Assault Services
Sexual assault knows no boundaries. Assaults occur between people of all races, ages and gender. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Sexual assault has nothing to do with sex or love. It is a crime of violence, power and control.
Our Cone Health forensic nurse examiners care for crime victims and are specially trained to collect evidence. They have undergone extensive training to care for victims and ensure that evidence is properly collected, documented and preserved. Sometimes referred to as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or SANE nurses, our nurses are board certified to care for pediatric, adolescent and adult sexual assault victims.
Our forensic nurses are on call 24 hours a day to respond to the needs of our community. Our sexual assault patients are cared for in a private setting, in rooms specially designed and equipped. We have specialized facilities at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Annie Penn Hospital and MedCenter High Point.
If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted Or Raped:
- DO NOT shower, bathe or change your clothing. Valuable evidence that could assist in the prosecution of your attacker could be lost. If you have already done this, it still may be possible to collect evidence. Bring the clothing worn at the time of the assault with you to the hospital.
- DO NOT eat, drink, smoke or use the bathroom if at all possible. These activities destroy vital evidence.
- DO NOT clean your home or the area where the assault occurred. Wait until law enforcement has had the opportunity to collect evidence.
- DO NOT avoid seeking care because of cost. All patients are seen, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance coverage.
- DO call the Family Service Rape Crisis Line – (336) 273-7273 in Greensboro or (336) 889-7273 in High Point. This Rape Crisis Line is staffed 24 hours a day and can assist you with appropriate emergency and crisis information.
- DO bring a change of clothing with you to the Emergency Department. Clothing worn during an assault may be collected as evidence.
When You Arrive At Our Emergency Department
- You will be taken to a private room. Here, a forensic nurse will collect any evidence. You’ll be able to discuss the assault with the nurse or a law enforcement officer or both.
- You will be offered resources. A rape crisis advocate will be called in to answer your questions and assist you during the process. Medications to prevent any resulting medical conditions or sexually transmitted diseases from your assault may also be offered to you. You will be given information on community resources and counseling to assist you in your recovery.