Stanford Hospital to open new clinic for sexual assault victims

Stanford Hospital in California plans to open a new clinic to help sexual assault victims, according to NBC.

Local rape crisis centers have indicated a need for another location where patients can receive rape kit exams. The other location where patients can request a rape kit is miles away in San Jose, Calif.-based Valley Medical Center.

"There is definitely a need for a SART exam or a rape kit exam location on campus," Emma Tsurkov, a PhD student at Stanford, told NBC. "It’s a great idea; we’re happy it’s moving forward."

Stanford first proposed the clinic could be incorporated into the campus' student health center, but that plan was quickly rejected due to students potentially seeing the victims entering the clinic.

Instead, the proposed center was placed at Stanford Hospital, where a variety of conditions are treated and people won't be singled out. The clinic will be run by the hospital and the county will provide specially trained nurses to administer the rape kits.

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