Sexual Assault Examinations
Our facility has a medical examination room staffed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner to gather forensic evidence as well as assess overall wellness of child and adult victims of sexual assault. The goal of a pediatric sexual assault exam is to provide a comprehensive sexual abuse evaluation to a child and family in an environment that is comfortable for the child. The components of the exam include a general physical examination, collection of forensic evidence, screening for evidence of sexual contact, crisis intervention and emotional support for the child and family, as well as a referral for follow-up care.
The purposes of the pediatric sexual assault exam are to: Identify the child's emotional and physical needs related to the assault;
Collect and document evidence following a suspected sexual contact;
Provide appropriate follow-up health care referrals;
Reassure and educate the child and family
The services of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner are available at Dearing House at no expense to the victim, family, or referring agency. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examinter is a volunteer, a member of the multidisciplinary team, and maintains personal and professional liability. If during the sexual assault examination the child's medical needs appear to exceed the scope of practice of the practitioner at the Child Advocacy Center, the Ponca City Medical Center is alerted and the child is transported to the emergency room by ambulance.
Preparing the Child for the Exam: The child will be prepared for the evidentiary exam by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner by explaining the process in terms that the child can understand. The child will be shown equipment such as the colposocpe, gloves, and swabs and then be allowed to try out the equipment on a stuffed animal or doll. An animal or doll is used to demonstrate procedures and positions that the child will experience. This process reduces the child's anxiety while allowing the examiner an opportunity to assess the child's developmental, behavioral, and emotional status.