November 29, 2022


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How a lack of sexual assault nurse examiners is affecting Oregon’s North Coast


The Astoria-Megler bridge, designed by Conde McCullough, stretches 4.1 miles between Oregon and Washington. It has been featured in movies such as "The Kindergarten Cop," "Short Circuit" and "The Goonies."

A file photo of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. There are no qualified sexual assault nurse examiners centered in Astoria. For all those who pick out to report their assault, this scarcity of specialized nurses suggests survivors have to vacation to Portland for an assessment.

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There are no certified sexual assault nurse examiners based on Oregon’s North Coast. Presently, there is one particular qualified nurse who is based mostly in Portland and works intermittently in Astoria. This usually means for those people who select to report their assault, they will likely will need to travel to Portland for an assessment when this nurse is unavailable. Survivors are frequently told to wait for a number of hrs right up until a qualified or trained nurse is obtainable and are also instructed not to shower or adjust clothes through this ready period, discouraging numerous from continuing the method. Abbey McDonald is a reporter for The Astorian. She joins us to share a lot more on her reporting and how the lack of these specialised nurses are influencing Oregon’s North Coast.

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