The grant will enable the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center and Texas Health Presbyterian to create a new treatment facility at the hospital. The 2,900-square-foot W.W. Caruth, Jr. Center for SAFE Healing, the first Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) suite in Dallas County, will be housed in Texas Health Presbyterian's emergency department and will provide comprehensive treatment services for sexual assault victims. The grant also will help fund a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to train nurses across the state how to conduct sexual assault forensic exams and collect court-admissible forensic evidence.
The Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center provides free and unlimited advocacy and counseling support services to anyone affected by sexual violence or abuse and their families.
"Until now, Dallas has been the largest city in the nation without a certified SANE program or an independent rape crisis center," said Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, of which the Caruth Foundation is a supporting organization. "This grant will significantly transform the resources accessible to those who are affected by sexual assault."