Sexual Assault Survivor Shares How Forensic Health Services Helped Her Gain Her Voice


April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Following tradition, Palomar Health Forensic Health Services placed 1,408 pinwheels, representing each child abuse and sexual assault survivor they served last year, at the entrance to Palomar Medical Center Poway and the lawn adjacent to Palomar Medical Center Escondido, to bring awareness to both the causes and solutions of abuse.

Palomar Health Forensic Health Services utilizes specially trained nurses to perform forensic exams on physically and sexually abused adults and children to collect evidence used by law enforcement to prosecute offenders.

The program also provides support services to help survivors gain the strength to testify against their perpetrators, overcome trauma and live productive lives.

One such person the program has helped is Rosie Flores, a former Escondido High School student, who was sexually abused by a trusted family member from ages six to 12. With the help of Forensic Health Services, she helped put her abuser behind bars for 372 years to life and now supports others in their journey from survivor to advocate. She currently attends Bucknell University studying Political Science and Pre-Law and plans to become a prosecutor.

The program has served North County for more than 30 years and the entire county since 2017. 

​Photo: These pinwheels represent every child abuse and assault survivor Forensic Health Services helped to bring their perpetrators to justice.

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