WHAT: SafePlace, an Austin nonprofit organization, will open the region’s first 24/7 facility dedicated solely for survivors to receive Sexual Assault Forensic Exams.
WHY: The opening of a permanent facility on August 13 is a milestone in the community’s efforts to serve survivors and address the epidemic of sexual assault in Central Texas.
On June 1, SafePlace became the primary place in Austin for adult and adolescent sexual assault survivors to receive an exam by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). When the need for a facility arose on short notice, SafePlace quickly converted a shelter room on their campus into temporary facilities for SANEs to conduct Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs). SafePlace currently has 17 qualified nurses on-call 24/7 to conduct these exams; in the first 60 days, they served 116 survivors.
(More information forthcoming in press release August 13.)
WHEN: Thursday, August 13
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
A brief speaking program and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: SafePlace Campus
1515 Grove Blvd (off of East Riverside Drive)
Special Instructions: Reserved parking for media available. Please show credentials and sign in at Gate 2.
WHO: SafePlace Officials
SafePlace Forensic Nursing and Advocacy Program
Austin-Travis County Sexual Assault Response & Resources Team (SARRT)
CONTACT: Lynne Skinner, Chief Communications Officer, LIFT Alliance