Forensic Medical Examinations and Evidence Collection for Adults
Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center provides on-site medical examinations and evidence collection for adult victims of sexual assault. Our team of Registered Nurses are highly trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
(SANEs) and offer expert medical examinations and forensic evidence collection.
Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center also staffs a team of victim advocates who are present throughout the medical examination to provide support and answer any questions our clients may have. We understand that a trauma has occurred and it is our goal to provide comfort and understanding. Forensic Medical Examinations are currently offered at our Hampton and Jonesboro locations.
Forensic Medical Examinations and Evidence Collection for Children
Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center provides Medical Evaluations for children who have experienced maltreatment. These medical evaluations are provided at our Hampton and Newnan locations by Board Certified Nurse Practitioners. Our Nurse Practitioners are actively engaged in ongoing continuing education related to child maltreatment and use the most current published scientific evidence based best practices in the field. Our Nurse Practitioners are supervised by our Medical Director, Dr. Paula Brathwaite, who is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.
SCSAC-CAC evaluates children for suspected or confirmed physical and/or sexual abuse. Medical examination are completed to:
• ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the child
• obtain the history from the child and/or guardian
• consider all possible explanations for concerning signs or symptoms
• identify and document evidence of injury or infection
• diagnose and treat medical conditions resulting from abuse
• identify and treat medical conditions unrelated to abuse
• assess the child for any developmental, emotional, or behavioral problems needing further evaluation and treatment and make referrals as necessary
• assess the child’s safety and make a report to child protective services, if needed
• reassure and educate the child and family, as appropriate
• document findings in such a way that information can be effectively and accurately presented, if requested by a social service or law enforcement agency