The provision of advice, comfort, and sources of therapy for victims of sexual assault. The emotional reaction and sequelae of rape may be devastating to the mental well-being of the victim. It is therefore important that the victim be reassured about what to expect from both internal feelings and the potential reactions of society. Historically, law enforcement officers have been less than sympathetic to rape victims, but now most police departments have officers trained in rape investigation who are sensitive to the emotional and physical trauma the victim has experienced. Frequently, specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available to provide care and support. Various services are available to the victim, including advocate groups and health care professionals experienced in counseling rape victims.
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