A medical exam room for child victims of sexual assault has been added to the Children’s Advocacy Alliance’s center in Conway.
The facility at 707 Parkway downtown is home to the alliance between Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 20th Judicial District and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
From one building, chid victims may be examined, interviewed and receive supportive services as they go through investigations or the court system in cases of sexual assault or physical abuse.
The room, which Director Tess Fletcher said contains medical supplies and a table for noninvasive exams, is catered to children.
“There are small handheld toys and things to do to keep their minds occupied while the exam takes place,” Fletcher said.
Doctor Karen Farst of Arkansas Children’s Hospital will have clinic days at the center along with contracted sexual assault nurse examiners who can test for sexually transmitted diseases and administer rape kits.
The center is holding an open house for the newly completed addition Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“The medical exam room is crucial to ensuring the center is a place where abused children can receive all of the services they need in a single location. We are so thankful for the many community organizations who helped make this possible,” Fletcher said.
Before the exam room and equipment, victims and their families or guardians had to travel to Little Rock, Fletcher added.
The medical exam room and recent upgrades to waiting and therapy rooms were funded, according to the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, by the Conway Regional Foundation, the National Children’s Alliance, City of Conway, Faulkner County Community Foundation, Hendrix Campus Kitty, Conway Children’s Clinic, Central Arkansas Pediatrics, Faulkner County Home Builders Association, Friends of CASA, First United Methodist Church, Village of Seven Mornings, Charlette Lyke, Dr. Karen Farst, Deanna Rogers, Otis Fletcher, Eric Fletcher and Jason Cameron.
The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is a nonprofit serving Faulkner, Van Buren, Searcy, Pope and Conway counties. The alliance’s center coordinates investigative and treatment efforts involving law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health services.
The community-based facility attempts to protect children from further trauma as they recover from abuse.
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