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Hidalgo County DA, Local Medical Centers Collaborate to Assist Sexual Assault Survivors

3 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, January 30 2017 Jan 30, 2017 January 30, 2017 9:52 PM January 30, 2017 in News

WESLACO - The Hidalgo County district attorney is encouraging sexual assault victims to learn of other resources available in the Rio Grande Valley.

After the closure of the SAFE program at Mission Regional Hospital, the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office started working with local medical centers to provide support to victims of sexual assault.

Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez said they partnered up with McAllen Medical Center, Valley Baptist Medical Center, the Family Crisis Center and Mujeres Unidas to obtain important evidence in these cases.

“It’s imperative that the community knows there are resources available to them, including other hospitals that can care for them,” he said. “(It) will help ensure that their attackers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program is also available at McAllen Medical and Valley Baptist. Both hospitals have on-call staff that will help a victim, at their request, get additional support during examination and resources.

Victims can have nurses contact two rape crisis centers in the Valley, the Family Crisis Center in Harlingen and Mujeres Unidas in McAllen.  The centers also offer emergency shelter for victims in fear of their safety.

Mujeres Unidas: 1-800-580-4879

Family Crisis Center: 1-866-423-9304

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