“Our job is to be neutral, objective and unbiased when collecting forensic evidence from a rape victim,” said COVERSA Program Director Carolyn Cordle, RN, BSN, SANE-A. “We listen to the patients’ recollection of their assault, collect evidence and provide resources to make sure they are provided for both medically and psychologically through our partnership with MOCSA”
COVERSA, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate post sexual assault patient care and improving community collaboration efforts as it relates to sexual assault education and prevention.
COVERSA’s mission is to improve the collection of forensic evidence, provide acute intervention services, collaborate with legal and judicial representatives.
Before COVERSA, a victim’s only option to receive treatment and guidance after being sexually assaulted was to go to an emergency department. In many instances, these individuals had to wait several hours in busy, congested waiting areas and in some cases be examined by doctors and nurses not specifically trained in sexual assault, and who lacked the proper sensitivity to handle sexual assault patients. Consequently, many victims opted not to go through with the exam. Thus, their physical care and emotional needs were left unmet.
Today, COVERSA--along with its sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs)--has sexual assault outreach centers in Clay, Jackson, Lafayette, and Ray Counties in Missouri. To learn more, visit our About section, contact us online, or call 816.221.2187 for more information. Call 24/7 Access CareLine at 1.855.717.1136.
"Dr. Hierholzer has donated her time, money and medical knowledge to COVERSA for 10 years. She started this organization and continuously supports it by promoting sexual assault awareness within the medical profession and community." - Pam Hertzig, Forensics Nurse, COVERSA
Rebecca Hierholzer, MD, M.B.A., F.A.C.E.P., has several affiliations. They include:
American Medical Association Foundation
Metropolitan Medical Society of Kansas City
Rebecca Hierholzer was awarded as one of the Rising Stars of Philanthropy Class of 2014. Watch the video.