Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends or even family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
Child sexual abuse includes any inappropriate sexual activity with a child. Inappropriate touching is the most frequent type of sexual abuse. Others include using a child for sexual films or prostitution, or exposing a child to adult sexual activity.
WHS Washington Hospital Sexual Assault Program is part of the Washington County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). The MDT team provides services for adults and children and consist of:
- The STTARS Program (Sexual Trauma Treatment and Recovery Services)
STTARS provides counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and education for sexual assault victims and their families and the community. All services are free and confidential. Offices are located in Washington and Waynesburg.
- WHS Washington Hospital Sexual Assault Program
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will collect and preserve forensic evidence, offer prophylactic treatment for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and provide resources and referrals.
- “A Child’s Place at Washington” – Children’s Advocacy Center
If the assault involves a child, The Child Advocacy Center conducts forensic interviews for children who are alleged victims of serious physical and sexual abuse. The CAC offers a safe, child-friendly environment. The CAC is located at WHS Washington Hospital.
For immediate medical attention, report to WHS Washington Hospital Emergency Department
WHS Washington Hospital Sexual Assault Program: (724) 229-2106
To report suspected child sexual assault or child abuse, call Childline: 1 (800) 932-0313.