Two thirds of all victims of sexual assault do not report the crime or seek any medical attention. One of the most important steps a victim can take to protect themselves is to seek medical attention immediately. Arise has offices in Portales and Clovis to provide these specialized medical services to Eastern New Mexico residents. Our program also provides SANE services to Quay County residents through a satellite program at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari and services to Lea County residents through a satellite program at Nor-Lea County General Hospital.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Services: SANE services are provided free and confidentially. Victims who both want and are willing to consent to a SANE exam have a wide array of services to choose from. If you do not want to report the assault immediately, still consider having a SANE exam. It is important for you to have access to medications to prevent STIs and pregnancy. The SANE can also collect forensic evidence and store it for a period of time to give you a chance to decide if you want to report at a later date.
Adults: If you, or someone you know (13 years old or more) has been sexually assaulted you have five days from the time of the assault to be seen by a SANE and receive a medical/forensic exam. Patients are always encouraged to refrain from washing, changing clothes, urinating, defecating, smoking, drinking or eating before they see or speak to the SANE when possible.
Children: For pediatric exams (child victims 12 years old and younger) there is a three day window for seeking services for an acute exam. Victims of child sexual abuse who report the abuse outside the three day window can be seen at the Delayed Disclosure Pediatric Clinic. Victims are encouraged to seek services as quickly as possible to ensure the best possible medical care and prevention. Our program offers specialized medical examinations to victims of child sexual abuse who do not disclose the abuse within the first 72 hours. These exams are conducted by a Certified Nurse Practitioner and by an internationally board certified nurse in Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Pediatrics, both whom have extensive additional training in examining pediatric victims. The multidisciplinary team has developed a protocol in handling reports of suspected child sexual abuse. We work very closely in efforts to provide the best possible wrap-around care to the victims and their families.
If it has been beyond five days since your assault, you are still encouraged to call the Arise Hotline to learn about resources that are available. Please call the Arise Hotline at 575.226.7263 to talk to a trained advocate standing by 24/7 to help you or someone you care about get connected to help. You may also complete the form below to request help.