Reducing Barriers: Rape Exam Clinic Returns to Santa Cruz

After nearly a three-year absence, a safe space for free community rape examinations has returned to Santa Cruz County.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, part of a multi-jurisdictional task force involving law enforcement, victims advocates and community supporters, announced Friday the recent launch of a Santa Clara Valley Medical Center satellite clinic at Dignity Health Dominican Hospital. The clinic, staffed by eight specially trained on-call sexual assault forensic examiner nurses and a nurse coordinator, resumes the county’s long-absent local site for confidential post-assault care. (