In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the timing couldn’t be more profound.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday for Nashville’s first stand-alone rape exam clinic.
The Safe Clinic is designed for survivors of sexual assault, from compassionate care to the gated, secure parking lot and private entrance.
A rape exam must be done within 96 hours of an assault. Collecting the evidence is critical if a victim decides to press charges.
That evidence will be stored at the clinic.
The clinic will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and staffed by Nashville General Hospital.
It will begin accepting clients later this month.
The Safe Clinic is located near Rosa Parks Boulevard and Interstate 65 on the same campus as the Sexual Assault Center.
Funds were raised to build and operate the clinic. There’s never a charge for a rape exam.
Based on similar clinics around the country, the number of victims reporting the crime in Nashville is expected to double in the first year.
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