Sexual Assault Treatment Center – Aurora Abuse Response Services
The Sexual Assault treatment center at Aurora Sinai Medical center is the second-busiest program of its kind nationwide, serving victims throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The center's nurse examiners often are the first point of contact for a victim. The center supports more than 700 children and adults each year. In 2005, its staff responded to more than 4,000 crisis calls, and presented sexual assault prevention education to the community, including more than 1,700 junior high and senior high students. Assisting law enforcement in sexual assault cases also is a key role for staff.
People are at their most vulnerable point after an assault. The nurses and crisis counseling staff at the Sexual Assault Treatment Center offer compassion and empathy that helps victims through a very difficult period – including reliving their experience in a public courtroom.
Aurora's commitment to the center ensures we have the vital resources that are essential to our work. We value the nurse examiners for their skillfulness in collecting DNA and physical evidence as well as their expertise in the courtroom. The nurses and crisis counseling staff offer the credibility that is important in a successful prosecution.
We're so fortunate to have Aurora as a resource in the courtroom. But more important, Aurora is providing a vital service that helps victims to rebuild their lives.
Jane F. Foley
Sensitive Crimes Victim Services
Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office