What Does a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Do?
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has completed specialized education and clinical preparation to care for sexual assault patients. SANEs provide comprehensive care that includes forensic examination, psychological support, and medical care for survivors of sexual assault. Their role is critical in ensuring that survivors receive compassionate and skilled care, while also collecting forensic evidence essential for legal proceedings.
A SANE must be highly skilled in conducting forensic exams, which includes evidence collection, photography, and detailed documentation. They also serve as expert witnesses in court, explaining the medical findings of their examination. SANEs work closely with law enforcement, legal professionals, and advocates to ensure a coordinated and supportive response for the patient.
These nurses work in hospitals, clinics, rape crisis centers, and specialized forensic units. They play a pivotal role in the healthcare and judicial response to sexual violence, and their expertise is crucial in supporting survivors through a traumatic and difficult time.