How local nurses are helping sexual assault survivors

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When an adult or teen is sexually assaulted, Wasatch Forensic Nurses, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is ready to respond, providing care at 19 hospitals and clinics along Utah’s Wasatch Front.

These nurses are specially trained to give compassionate, trauma-informed health care, and to collect forensic evidence to assist the justice.

Deborah Koons, Executive Director and Julie Valentine from Wasatch Forensic Nurses joined us to discuss their roles in the community further. 
They mentioned that one out of three women in Utah will experience sexual violence, and one in eight will be a victim of rape. Many survivors do not report this serious crime or seek essential health care.

Deborah and Julie shared that if you know someone has been sexually assaulted, it is very important that you start by believing. Studies show that if the first interactions after a sexual assault are positive and supportive the long-term effects can be minimized. It also takes the support and encouragement of a friend or relative to report and have an exam.

Support them at their upcoming fundraiser and silent auction

April 14

Salt Lake City Marriott at University Park

5:30- 9:00pm

Learn more at and find them on Facebook: Wasatch Forensic Nurses.

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