Aurora Medical Center in Summit, 2020 Community Benefit

Expanded Support for Survivors

Sexual assault leaves emotional wounds that can affect the way you interact with the world around you. Like any wound, getting proper care gives you the best chances of getting better. But healing wounds from sexual assault requires a special type of care. And you can get that care at Aurora Medical Center in Summit (AMCS).
In late 2019, AMCS began a new partnership with the local community to provide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Services 24 hours a day, every day.  Through this partnership, our hospital has been able to educate local law enforcement, first responders, and advocacy agencies in Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge counties on how to work with our hospital on sexual assault response to minimize the risk of additional trauma for the survivor. Through our SANE program, we can provide more specialized, comprehensive medical care than traditional emergency departments.  
Since this program began in late 2019, we have been able to provide this sensitive, patient-focused, trauma-informed care for over 20 survivors.  When they leave our hospital, we ensure survivors feel safe, supported, believed, heard, respected, reassured, informed, well cared for post-assault, and most importantly, in control of their care.
From collecting evidence to providing court testimony, our SANEs are there to support survivors when it matters most, even if they do not wish to press charges.