For Sexual Assault Survivors, There Aren’t Enough Certified Nurses Or Clinics In Texas

Nurse examiners conduct forensic medical exams in a way that keeps survivors in control of the experience.

By Caroline LoveMay 8, 2019 9:49 am, , , ,

From KERA:

The Turning Point rape crisis center in Plano is designed to be a place where survivors of sexual assault feel safe.

Outside each door, there’s a white noise machine for privacy during therapy sessions. Survivors also get a little stuffed puppy that looks like Brooks, the six-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix who’s the unofficial mascot of the center.

Brooks is the service dog of Courtney Underwood, a sexual assault survivor and the namesake of the Turning Point’s 24-hour clinic: Courtney’s SAFE Place.

When Underwood was 15, she was raped at knifepoint by her pastor.

“It was completely out of the blue and violent, and I didn’t know what to do, and when I looked for help in Dallas, there was none,” Underwood said.

Underwood has made it her mission to make sure others have the resources she didn’t, including access to a sexual assault nurse examiner.

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