SANE Program Goals
• To protect the sexual assault victim from further harm.
• To provide crisis intervention.
• To provide timely, thorough, and professional forensic evidence collection, documentation, and preservation of evidence.
• To evaluate and treat prophylactically for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
• To evaluate pregnancy risk and offer prevention.
• To assess, document, and seek care for injuries.
• To appropriately refer victims for immediate and follow-up medical care and follow-up counseling.
• To enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to obtain evidence and successfully prosecute sexual assault cases.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Fort HealthCare began providing confidential services to sexual assault victims on Friday, February 8, 2013. Prior to that date, Jefferson County had no facility offering these services. Victims were referred to other hospitals, in more urban communities. SANE is provided in partnership with People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse (PADA), Jefferson County’s program for domestic and sexual abuse victims. PADA staff and volunteers will be on-call to respond to the hospital and provide supportive counseling to victims of sexual assault during the SANE exam process. They will also offer ongoing support and advocacy to victims, such as legal advocacy, counseling and community resource advocacy.
For additional information regarding SANE, please visit the International Association of Forensic Nurses website.