DaneMAC co-founders Kim Curran and Rachel Sattler naround them are illustrations of medical information to describe the process

In the aftermath of a sexual assault, survivors — reeling, traumatized — must decide whether they want to seek services. This can mean calling an advocacy hotline, filing a police report or finding transportation to UnityPoint Health – Meriter hospital downtown, the only place in Dane County that can perform a comprehensive forensic sexual exam.

It’s a daunting, often overwhelming prospect at an already vulnerable time — and it’s something Rachel Sattler and Kim Curran hope to alleviate with their nonprofit, the Dane County Multi-Agency Center, or DaneMAC. DaneMAC’s “soft launch” kicked off in July 2021, when the organization contracted with pilot site University Health Services on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus to bring forensic nurse exams to individuals instead of asking them to come to the hospital. It was just one component of what could become a game-changing, centralized new model for Dane County.

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