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HMH is a leader in sexual assault treatment, awareness

Hardin Memorial Health prides itself on providing advanced care in Central Kentucky. Part of HMH’s commitment is to deliver specialized treatment for sexual assault victims in our region.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is designated to raise awareness of sexual violence and its prevention.

Sexual assault statistics are staggering. According to National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives, and one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

“The prevalence of sexual assault and violence is the reason it’s so important to seek out ways to provide complete treatment to victims,” said Sarah Tovar, coordinator for HMH’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.

HMH is one of only four hospitals in Kentucky that has dedicated SANE-certified nurses who have completed specialized education, training and clinical preparation in the forensic care of sexual assault patients. Also, HMH’s newly expanded Emergency Department includes specialized SANE rooms that have elements specifically designed to treat sexual assault victims.

HMH staff works closely with first responders, sexual assault therapists and the court system to provide thorough treatment to victims. The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) – the first of it’s kind in Kentucky, is a team of local organizations that coordinate care, support, police response and prosecution after a sexual assault has occurred.

For more information on these or any other services, contact HMH at (270) 737-1212.

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