Hospital sexual assault program gets global attention
A sexual assault program for New York City hospitals that got its start in the Bronx is now getting global attention.
The Sexual Assault Response Team started years ago at North Central Bronx Hospital and is now used at every hospital in New York City. The 24-hour team of doctors and counselors provides rape victims with not only medical attention, but also support and legal help within the first few hours.
Emergency officials from Jordan were at North Central Bronx Hospital Thursday to learn more about the program. Officials from France and Costa Rica have also visited to see the program.
"We can cover 24 hours, seven days a week with a special forensics examiner that really understands how to take care of a victim of sexual assault with compassion," says Dr. Brigitte Alexander, the team's medical director.