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The Safe Place

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes.

AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center provides the only 24/7 sexual assault examination unit in Orange County (The Safe Place). Every other Emergency Department and Medical Center in Orange County refers patients to our Safe Place.

The SART/Sexual Assault Response Team at Safe Place was founded in 1999 as a ‘safe place’ for victims of sexual abuse to receive appropriate medical care, emotional support, and individual comprehensive medical-legal examinations by a team of specially trained medical professionals.

The Safe Place has a SANE Nurse or a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner on call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. These nurses are contracted through a partnership with Forensic Nurse Specialists, Inc., a private entity specializing in the care of sexual assault since 1994.

If you are a victim of sexual assault:

Remember it wasn't your fault.

  • Find a safe environment - anywhere away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you for support.
  • Preserve evidence of the attack - don't bathe or brush your teeth. Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the attacker. Preserve your clothes worn at the time of the assault in a brown paper bag and urine in a clean container if you think you may have been drugged. Write the date and time collected on the container and then refrigerate.
  • If you would like to have a sexual assault exam done to collect evidence, contact your local police station directly, call a rape hotline, or go to a nearby hospital emergency room to request a SART exam.
  • If you need someone to talk to immediately, call a 24/7 sexual assault hotline:
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
    • Orange County Community Services Programs Hotline: 714.957.2737 and 949.831.9110

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