Special Training for Hospital Staff Emphasizes Emotional Needs of Survivors of Sexual Assault

The statistics are shocking;

–        Sexual assault claims a victim every 45 seconds

–        One in every four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime

–        One in every seven women will know someone who has experienced sexual assault

Since its inception in 1998, the Sexual Assault Response Team at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital has provided specialized care to more than 11,000 patients, ages 13 and older who arrive as victims, but emerge as survivors.

At the helm of this pioneering effort in health care is Shelley Botello, RN, BSN.  Botello has worked to unite hospital staff and law enforcement to form an extraordinarily comprehensive approach to caring for the physical and emotional needs of patients who arrive at the unit while providing the District Attorney’s office the evidence needed to improve sexual assault conviction rates.

As a result of the program’s unique approach and success, Botello has been invited to share information about the program with U.S. Military officials and over two dozen countries around the globe.

Through her work at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Shelley Botello’s nontraditional approach to the care of sexual assault survivors has changed medical and law enforcement communities both here and abroad, and it is empowering individuals to join the fight against sexual assault.

Recently, Nurse Botello visited Guatemala to train local law enforcement and healthcare workers on her program.


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