CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper Police Department says that they’ve partnered with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to create Sexual Assault Care Packages.
According to a CPD statement, the packages are part of the ‘SANE’ program at Wyoming Medical Center. ‘SANE’ stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, a nurse with specialized training in treating victims of sexual abuse and is typically the victim’s first contact with an authority figure after a traumatic event.
The packages contain personal hygiene items and clothing for victims to change into after receiving treatment at WMC, says the CPD statement.
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Leslie Fritzler is the Victim Services Specialist with the CPD. Her team’s goal is to help victims of sexual assault as comfortable and feel as supported as possible.
“When victims of sexual assault arrive for a medical assessment, their clothing is typically taken in as evidence. Sometimes, that means the victims are leaving the hospital in scrubs. These care packages allow them to change into non-identifiable clothing and have a moment to take care of themselves after going through a traumatic event.” Fritzler said.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and the care packages are part of CPD’s on-going ‘Start by Believing’ campaign.
The written statement says that the campaign is geared towards changing the culture around sexual assault by asking people to simply start by believing victims of sexual assault.