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Each year, the Sexual Assault Clinic of Providence St. Peter Hospital serves more than 350 patients and their families from Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. The Clinic also works with Indian Child Welfare (ICW) and our tribal communities.
Most of the patients seen at the Clinic are children. This is not surprising given the fact that 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) involve children ages 17 and under.
Providence St. Peter Hospital is committed to providing compassionate care to all ─ with a special concern for the youngest and most vulnerable among us. Sexual abuse often results in loss of trust and feelings of shame, guilt or depression ─ if no one listens.
Untreated, sexual abuse can lead to eating disorders, substance abuse, promiscuity and even suicide. Appropriate intervention and treatment can improve the long-term outcome for abuse victims. That’s why the Sexual Assault Clinic, which opened in 1991, is such a vital resource for our community.