BANGOR - A Bangor nurse was honored today for her outstanding work as a sexual assault forensic examiner.
During a luncheon held today, Michelle Markie was recognized for going above and beyond for her sexual assault patients.
"She really takes, what we call a victim centered approach to the process," says Tamara Mathieu, executive director of Rape Response Services, "and as advocates that's what we're really looking for."
"And part of that process is all of us working together- nurses, advocates, law enforcemnt- and Michelle is really a driving force in making sure that happens for everybody she sees."
Markie says she's excited to be thanked for her work as an advocate, and wants more victims to feel comfortable seeking health care.
"It's okay to come and get taken care of," says Michelle Markie, "In the state of Maine if you're 14 or above you can actually sign for yourself if you've been sexually assaulted and get taken care of at a hospital in Maine."
The number of patients coming in to be treated at St. Joseph's Healthcare has more than tripled since Markie began her work as a forensic examiner.