4 Misunderstood Signs of Child Abuse: A Sexual Assault Nurse Speaks Up

4 Misunderstood Signs of Child Abuse: A Sexual Assault Nurse Speaks Up

People naturally want to see evidence of damage done from an accident or a crime. Whether it’s the smashed front end of a car from a wreck, or a bruised eye after an argument, we want to see the wound, the stitches, the blood. We want proof.  We are socialized to believe that we have to see an injury to know it happened.   Herein lies the problem with proving sexual assault.… Read More Read more
Sexual Assault Expert Warns of Heartbreaking Trend Among Children

Sexual Assault Expert Warns of Heartbreaking Trend Among Children

I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at a large children’s hospital. My job is to collect evidence, look for injuries, provide support, and testify in trials for victims of sexual assault. If you’ve ever heard of a “rape kit”, SANE nurses are the ones who collect the evidence that goes inside of these kits. I remember distinctly where I was sitting several years ago when my gut told me something was off.… Read More Read more