Going to the Hospital (Youth)
No one anticipates having to the go the hospital. We know that sometimes the abuse or crime you have experienced might require you to see a nurse or doctor. Our advocates can meet you at the hospital to support you. We can also walk you through all your options and what next steps might be helpful for you or your child.
There are different types of medical options for your child. If your child has recently experienced sexual abuse (in the past 5 days) or has visible physical injury, you may want to take your child to the emergency room for a forensic medical exam. These exams are provided by specially trained nurses called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). These exams are paid for by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute through Violent Crime Compensation Fund. When a child needs an immediate exam in our community, they are usually treated at St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis. To speak with a SANE, contact the Center of Hope Nurse’s Line at 317-338-1956.
If your child has experienced sexual abuse, but it has been over 5 days, they can still benefit from an exam with a trained provider. In our community, St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital – Child Protection Team can walk your family through this process. Contact them at 317-338-3153. An advocate can also attend this exam as well.
Your child’s pediatrician can also help link you to a trained and specialized provider.