Two rooms at St. Luke's to be dedicated to victims of sexual assault

By KBJR News 1

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- An upcoming fundraiser will go a long way towards helping victims of sexual assault in the Northland.

St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth has agreed to set aside two exam rooms to be dedicated to sexual assault victims.

One room would serve as a questioning room for victims, while the other would serve as a private examining room.

Money raised during a weekend fundraiser will help furnish the rooms and pay for new exam equipment.

Nurses from St. Luke's say they hope to raise $10,000.

"Right now we are doing the exams in the emergency department which is noisy, it's loud, it's not very comforting," said St. Luke's clinical supervisor Bonnie Swanoski.

"This is a very traumatic thing. There is no way to make this easy. We as a community are asking these people... we're asking them to go through something that's very difficult after major trauma and we want to make it as easy as possible for them," said St. Luke's administrative supervisor Nancy Kinnunen-Maxim.

The fundraiser will be at Dubhlinn's on Sunday 4-8pm and will include a silent auction, food and drinks, as well as music from locals like St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin.

The event will be emceed by KBJR's Barbara Reyelts.