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New mobile medical unit in central Ky. hopes to help sexual assault survivors

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman cut the ribbon on a new mobile medical unit that’s ready to hit the road in central Kentucky.

The RV aims to offer quality, accessible care to sexual assault survivors in rural areas of Kentucky.

As a sexual assault nurse examiner, or SANE nurse, Haven Andrews has both seen and lived through the trauma that can stem from sexual violence.

“I did become a survivor in 2012 and I had to go to the hospital that I worked at to have the exam done which was traumatizing in itself,” Andrews said.

For some survivors, she said the anxiety of going to the ER keeps them from taking the trip, and others can’t get the care they need even if they do go.

“Sometimes they get to the hospital and there’s not even a forensically trained nurse on staff to take the exam,” Andrews said.

She is directing a new mobile medical unit with the…

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