Adult S.A.F.E. Program
Comprehensive, compassionate care for adult victims of sexual assault
Our Adult Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (S.A.F.E.) program provides comprehensive care, support and evidence collection for adult victims (ages 13 and up) of sexual assault. SAFE allows victims to be evaluated in comfort and privacy by a specially-trained forensic nurse within about 3 to 4 hours, unlike the traditional approach that could involve 6 or more hours with multiple providers. We also provide a Pediatric SAFE program for children ages 13 and under.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault describes any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:
- Inappropriate touching and fondling
- Forced masturbation
- Unwanted oral or genital contact
- Anal intercourse (sodomy)
- Rape or attempted rape
- Unnatural or perverted sexual practices
What should I do if I've been sexually assaulted?
- Get to a safe place away from the attacker and call a trusted family member or friend. Remember that what happened is not your fault and that support and help are available.
- Call 911 and/or the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County’s 24-hour hotline at 410-857-7322.
- Do NOT wash, clean or comb any part of your body and do not change clothes or disturb anything at the scene of the assault.
- Go to the nearest hospital immediately for treatment. Carroll Hospital Center is the designated sexual assault center in Carroll County.
What will the S.A.F.E. program do?
Victims brought to the hospital are evaluated and treated by a forensic nurse examiner, who is specially trained to collect forensic evidence in these cases. The forensic nurse examiner works with an ED physician to provide necessary medical care to these patients. The examiner will ensure that evidence is objectively collected, documented and presented in court. A rape crisis volunteer will also be available at the time of the exam to provide emotional support.
The SAFE program also:
- Provides expert witness testimony for the court.
- Provides referrals for follow-up care and counseling contacts law enforcement, rape crisis counselors and community agencies on your behalf.
- Provides free emergency and S.A.F.E. program services regardless of whether or not a police report is filed.
We encourage, but do not require anyone to file a police report. Notifying law enforcement may keep your attacker from assaulting others and allows adequate investigation of the crime scene. Many victims who do not file a report say that they later regretted their decision.
Carroll Hospital Adult SAFE Program
Carroll Hospital Pediatric SAFE Program
Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County