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LHC class to return SANE program to county

Hospital partners on project, will sustain it once established
LHC class to return SANE program to county LHC class to return SANE program to county

The Leadership Harrison County Class of 2021 and Harrison County Hospital have partnered to bring a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program to the county.

The SANE program is designed to meet the needs of the sexual assault victim by providing immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment by trained, professional nurse experts.

Due to budget difficulties, Harrison County lost its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in the early 2000s, so sexual assault victims have to travel to neighboring counties or across the Ohio River to Kentucky to have access to a SANE program. Often, victims choose not to travel out of the county for these resources, which leaves them without the support, resources and evidence collection needed for possible convictions.

When a survivor of sexual assault takes the brave step to seek help, we want the help to be there for them, members of the LHC class said.

“This program will allow trained RNs to provide the highly specialized, skilled and compassionate care that is needed for sexual assault survivors,” said Allison Howell, MBA, RN, director of nursing at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon. “We are pleased to partner with Leadership Harrison County to begin the steps to establish the program for our community.”

Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said, “Sexual abuse and crimes of a sexual nature are a sad reality of the criminal justice system. Having a SANE program within the walls of Harrison County Hospital will allow for a more expedited approach during an already traumatic time for an individual.”

That’s what the current Leadership Harrison County class and the hospital are partnering to help change for survivors.

Leadership Harrison County is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing servant leaders for the future of Harrison County. Each year since 1995, LHC has taken class members through a nine-month program focused on developing personal networks and professional skills. Each class identifies and completes a project directly addressing an opportunity somewhere in Harrison County.

Past projects have included establishing Safe Place sites in the county, creating and later enhancing playground equipment at the Corydon Poolside Park, developing a Youth Leadership program, creating an Adventure Walk along the Indian Creek Trail, part of which was also a class project, fundraising for the Harrison County Arts! and planting trees and wildflowers in various locations.

This year’s class members noted that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and an appropriate time to show survivors in the community that they want to support them on their journey.

While raising awareness about the SANE program, LHC class members are collecting startup funds for the program. Anyone interested in making a donation to help to bring this program to Harrison County can do so at https://leadershipharrisoncountyindiana.networkforgood.com/projects/124964-sane-program-of-harrison-county.

For more information about Leadership Harrison County, visit https://www.leadershipharrisoncounty.org/. In April, the program will begin accepting applications for the class of 2022. The nine-month session will begin in September.

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