Providence to Resume 24-Hour Sexual Assault Exams

The Providence health system plans to restart nighttime sexual assault exams in Anchorage.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The Providence health system plans to restart nighttime sexual assault exams in Anchorage.

Officials had stopped providing around-the-clock exams in October due to a shortage of specially trained nurses. A program manager said on Friday that the full-time exams will reopen on Nov. 16 as the hospital has found a temporary fix to the staffing situation.
Prosecutors and advocates say delays in exams can mean lost evidence. It can also mean more trauma for victims who may be told not to shower, change clothes or eat or drink.
By February, Providence is aiming to have additional nurses on board and the program fully staffed.