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Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation awarded grant to help sexual assault victims

Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 at 2:29 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Police Department has given Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Foundation a grant of nearly $50,000 to help local sexual assault victims.

Through Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Foundation, University of Louisville Hospital will benefit for programming for the hospital's Sexual Assault and Forensic Examiners (SAFE) services.

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With LMPD, the SAFE program at University of Louisville provides medical and forensic exams to victims of sexual assault. The grant will help provide funding for the salary, training, and certification of a hospital-based coordinator for the program.

The SAFE program serves as an immediate haven of safety. The program provides emotional and physical welfare while protecting the integrity and dignity of the patient and family. With permission from the patient, evidence collected during exams can be turned over to the police for use in criminal investigations.

Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Foundation is part of KentuckyOne Health.

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