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Compassionate Medical Services Available for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Sarah’s Place is a regional sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) center, the first in Oregon, created to provide a safe place for victims to receive resources and care. Designed to emphasize privacy and security for patients, Sarah’s Place is located in its own area at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, away from the emergency department.

Who is Sarah?

We are all Sarah. Sarah is the name chosen to represent all who have survived sexual assault. Each year, thousands of women, men and children face some type of sexual assault and, on average, only 25 to 34 percent report their experience and seek care. 

Sarah’s Place is open to patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It includes exam rooms and consultation rooms for patients and families. The center also has a private shower room and conference room for confidential conversations with law enforcement and others.

Staffed by nurses with specialized training, the SANE center provides immediate medical treatment to patients who have experienced sexual assault. Staff will help connect patients with additional resources for support and counseling. Non-emergency transportation for patients from Linn, Benton and Lincoln County can be arranged as needed.

All services are free, funded in part by Oregon State Crime Victim’s Compensation, the annual Samaritan Employee Caring Campaign, and Samaritan Health Services. 

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Sarah's Place Department of Samaritan Albany General Hospital 1046 Sixth Ave SW Albany, OR 97321
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Community Resources

Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention High School Curriculum

Sarah’s Place Prevention Educators interact with high school students in Health and Wellness classes throughout Linn and Benton counties each school year.

  • the spectrum of sexual violence and connecting everyday disrespect with the potential for violence
  • definitions of sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.
  • our current culture (rape culture) and how it contributes to gender-based violence.
  • how to change our culture/what we can do about this?
  • local resources.
  • the reality of sexual violence in our world and in our community.
  • myths of sexual assault.
  • victim blaming vs supporting survivors.
  • consent and respect.
  • bystander intervention.
  • justice for survivors.
  • the role of alcohol in sexual assault.
  • false reporting.
  • impact of trauma.
  • bystander intervention activity.

To schedule classroom presentations, or for questions, contact us

Classroom presentations are led by Sarah’s Place Prevention Educators that are committed to equipping and empowering the next generation of leaders to change the culture that has allowed gender-based violence. Educators are nurses and approach the subject matter with honesty and sensitivity. They believe that sexual violence is preventable and challenge the students to consider their own role in shaping a world free from sexual violence. The information taught is current and relevant and meets many of the required Oregon Health Education Standards.

For questions, to ensure your privacy, please do not include personal details within your questions. Sarah’s Place staff members are Mandatory Reporters and any information that reveals abuse, assault or endangerment of a named minor will require a report to law enforcement.

If you are an Oregon State University student, OSU recommends these resources.

Support Sarah’s Place

Donors wishing to support Sarah’s Place can make a gift through the Albany General Hospital Foundation.