The Medical Clinic at the Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) conducts medical examinations of children who may have been sexually abused. Pediatric-SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) Nurses, who are nurse practitioners trained in recognizing the signs of child abuse, conduct the medical exams. The SANE Nurse collects evidence and documents findings using specialized cameras called med-scopes.
The Medical Clinic provides
the following services:
The Advocate observes the child’s forensic interview as part of the multi-disciplinary team. After the interview, the Advocate, together with the multi-disciplinary team will meet with the family to explain what may happen next in the investigation. Throughout the investigation, the Advocate will update the family of any court dates, familiarize the child and family with the courthouse, and provide court accompaniment.
Forensic medical exams of suspected child abuse victim, including pediatric evidence collection kits.
General physical exams for the detection of health problems unrelated to abuse.
Child-friendly environment including the waiting room, exam rooms, and staff.
Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
Lab and diagnostic tests.