To all who come here… Believe.

Today is my birthday…this appointment is my gift to myself.

The more I face my fears the more free I become. I know one day I will be through this.

Gradually you feel whole again. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other.

I have found an inner strength I never know I had. I can survive this – you can too.

It is never your fault. Don’t let someone else define your life.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Find support after an assault

CASASC offers a 24-hour Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). This team is a collaborative partnership between CASASC and the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Together support and treatment is provided to those who have experienced sexual assault. The Red Deer Regional Hospital completes sexual assault exams for anyone within the Central Alberta Region and is the main contact for towns and cities between Edmonton and Calgary.

Following a sexual assault, it is important to receive medical care as soon as possible. There are concerns surrounding injury, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. When you decide to access medical support with the Red Deer Regional Hospital, a trained team will be there to meet you.

The Red Deer Regional Hospital has trained SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) nurses who are able to provide you with a medical exam, pregnancy testing and STI testing. The team will also follow up with you to relay medical results. SANE nurses are also qualified to collect forensic kits if you choose to report to police.

When attending the Red Deer Regional Hospital for a sexual assault exam you may also choose to speak with a CASASC trained SART member. SART members are trained to provide you with support and information. All our SART members will provide you with an information package and will also offer you a support package that includes a blanket, stuffed animal, along with a deck of cards and coloring pages. Our SART members are there to support you, your family or anyone who may have come with you to the hospital.

If you choose, a RCMP member will collect a statement from you and will be able to answer any legal and investigative questions.

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