Sexual assault statistics* are nothing short of shocking:
- One in four girls and one in six boys are abused as minors.
- One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
- One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
But Aurora Health Care is doing more to address the need for abuse response services in our communities than ever before. There are now nine locations with forensic nurses, many of which are expanding their services and adding staff.
“The forensic nursing program is so important because it’s the beginning of a process that gives survivors choices and connects them with resources,” explained Deanna Grundl, forensic nurse supervisor at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County and Aurora Medical Center in Washington County.
Aurora Sheboygan added five new nurses to its program in 2017. It’s also expanding its services to include all victims of crime, such as domestic violence and child abuse. There are six new forensic nurses at Aurora Washington County, which now sees survivors 24 hours a day.
Donors are helping Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh to renovate its forensic nursing room to better care for survivors.
“When patients come in, they’re in crisis from what’s happened to them,” said Brenda Doolittle, the forensic nurse supervisor at Aurora Oshkosh. “They need a place that’s comfortable and private, along with a trauma-informed approach to care.”
“This year, we were able to educate more than 25,000 people at Country Thunder with our video on the jumbotron screens,” said Rebecca Rodriguez, forensic nurse supervisor at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.
And at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, the new Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services just launched in September. It will provide acute medical care, crisis counseling and advocacy, long-term therapy and healing programs.
How You Can Help
This is just a snapshot of how donors like you are helping survivors of sexual assault heal. Donor dollars are being used to help enhance programming and services all over our footprint. To learn more about how you can support the forensic nursing program system-wide, please contact Cynthia Hosale at Cynthia.Hosale@aurora.org.