The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is celebrating its tenth anniversary of operation in Antigonish. SANE assists those who may be the victims of sexual assault receive the resources and assistance needed, whether that be through community resources, health care or any other essential services.
Heather Blackburn is the Program Director at the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. She says having these Registered Nurses working specifically with sexual assault helps the victim greatly:
Blackburn says that victims often find getting their immediate needs met is almost as traumatic as the violence itself. The SANE service operates with the assistance of a number of partnerships and now provides services through 4 different counties in the surrounding area.