What is SANE?

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has had advanced education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic examination of sexual assault victims. The SANE is trained to:

  • provide comprehensive care to victims of sexual violence.
  • identify physical trauma and document injuries.
  • collect evidence and maintain the chain of custody.
  • provide referrals for medical and psychological care & support.
  • be an expert witness.

What are the advantages of a SANE Program?


  • A SANE program provides services for victims of sexual assault 24 hours a day. This shortens the waiting time and increases personalized attention and care for the victim.
  • A SANE provides referral services for follow up care after the exam. This helps the victim deal with health care concerns after the immediate crisis.
  • A SANE thorough evidence collection and comprehensive documentation increases the credibility of the prosecutor's case in seeking to convict the offender.