Two years ago we published a series on sexual assault. It was important for us to get an in-depth understanding of not just what a sexual assault survivor goes through when processing a sexual assault; but also those who touch the lives of the survivor as they go through this very personal and traumatic experience.
To help us get a full understanding of sexual assault and its medical implications we spoke to Dr. Java Tunson from MultiCare Auburn Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Makenzy Byrum a SANE with Rapid Sexual Assault Victim Exam (SAVE) Investigation, LLC. Detective Mark Walker of the Auburn Police Department talked to us about the investigative process related to sexual assault cases. We learned about The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) and the mental health impacts of sexual assault from KCSARC’s Clinical Manager, Larraine Lynch. And finally, Special Assault Unit prosecuting attorneys Celia Lee and Raam Wong from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office discussed how the judicial system handles sexual assault cases.
If you did not have a chance to read the series yet, we hope you will take a moment to read the articles.
KCSARC is a vital resource not only for sexual assault survivors but for providing education and awareness in the Puget Sound region. This year the annual Be Loud Breakfast was canceled for the first time in over 30 years. The Be Loud Breakfast is KCSARC’s largest fundraising effort. While they were able to hold a virtual breakfast online, these resources are invaluable and anything you can donate will go a long way. (click here to donate today)
You Are Not Alone
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or trauma, please know: you are not alone. There are resources that can help you heal. The KCSARC resource line is available 24-hours a day: 1-888-99-VOICE (888-998-6423). If you are in Pierce County, you can contact Rebuilding Hope at 1-800-756-7273 or in the local Tacoma area (253) 474-7273. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).