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August 30, 2013

Child Advocacy Center benefits from new program

Corsicana — Erin Hicks, RN, Director of Women’s Services at Navarro Regional Hospital, recently completed Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training and will be conducting and assisting medical examinations of sexual assault victims.

Hicks’ training was a collaborative effort between Navarro Regional Hospital and Child Advocates of Navarro County.  Pediatrician Amber Johnston, M.D. and Hicks will serve as clinical members in the Multi-Disciplinary Team that investigates and prosecutes perpetrators of crimes against children. After a forensic interview with the child, a medical examination may be warranted if there is sufficient evidence that an assault has occurred in a proscribed time frame; that’s where the SANE comes in.

“Navarro Regional has been our partner in providing needed resources to us and that includes Erin. All of our volunteers have important roles but the examination and evidence collection process for victims of abuse can be a difficult experience; a SANE has to be competent at evidence collection, have the expertise to provide effective courtroom testimony and at the same time show compassion and sensitivity to the survivors of sexual assault. This is the first time in many years that we have had a nurse examiner so we are happy to have her,” said Jenny Bratton, Executive Director of Child Advocates.

“We are fortunate to have service-minded employees like Erin that are willing to volunteer their time and skills in order to make a positive impact in the community,” said Xavier Villarreal, CEO of Navarro Regional Hospital.

To learn more about Child Advocates of Navarro County, visit www.kidadvocates.org.

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