Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program provides exceptional medical care, reporting, and support for sexual assault victims.
SANE Mission and Values
Mission - The primary mission of a SANE program is to meet the needs of the sexual assault victim by providing immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment by trained, professional nurse experts within the parameters of the individual’s State Nurse Practice Act, the SANE standards of the IAFN, and the individual agency policies.
Values - The basis of a SANE program operation is the belief that sexual assault victims have the right to immediate, compassionate, and comprehensive medical-legal evaluation and treatment by a specially trained professional who has the experience to anticipate their needs during this time of crisis. As health care providers, the SANE has an ethical responsibility to provide victims with complete information about choices so victims can make informed decisions about the care they want to receive.
A SANE program is also based on a belief that all sexual assault victims have a right (and responsibility) to report the crime of rape. While every victim may not choose to report to law enforcement, she has a right to know what her options are and what to expect if she does or does not decide to report.
Those who do report also have a right to sensitive and knowledgeable support without bias during this often difficult process through the criminal justice system. Those who do not report still have a right to expert health care.
In addition, a SANE program is based on the belief that providing a higher standard of evidence collection and care can speed the victim’s recovery to a higher level of functioning, prevent secondary injury or illness, and ultimately increase the prosecution of sex offenders and reduce the incidence of rape.