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The Program

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) course provides interested nurses with the information and skills to properly care for victims of assault (both physical and sexual) by recognizing, collecting and preserving evidence, interviewing the patient and linking them to vital community resources for follow-up.

This course, taught by experts in the areas of forensic nursing, law enforcement and criminal prosecution, emphasizes victim advocacy and the overall importance of being a member of the interdisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in the investigative, health care and prosecution processes.

All training is consistent with the standards of practice as defined by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

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Program of Study


Module 1
Overview/goals for the sexual assault nurse examiner training
Overview of the crime (anatomy of a rape)
Psychology of offenders - typology, motivation, dynamics
Role of the Nurse Examiner
History of sexual assault programs
Multidisciplinary team concept (Sexual Assault Response Team)
Medical advocacy role
Community education
Implications of victimization
Crime Victim Compensation Program

Module 2
Sexual assault forensic interview and kit
Overview: forensic examination/evidence collection
Collection of evidence - the ER perspective
Processing the evidence kit
Forensic photography
Sex crimes investigation
Case examples (nurses in court)

Module 3
Victimization across the lifespan
Psychiatric and health response to victimization
Cultural implications in caring for victims of violence
Medical treatment protocols
Physical assessment
Injury assessment
Forensic documentation

Module 4
Drug facilitated sexual assault
Implications of substance abuse for victim and perpetrator
Special circumstances/special victims/disabilities
Sexual assault case study
Pulling assessment skills together

Module 5
Overview of sexual assault training
Laws related to rape
Roles of SANE’s in the legal system
Where do you go from here?

"Presenting Medical Evidence in an Adult Rape Trial" from the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP)


Course Facilitator: Jodie A. Flynn MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Faculty members are established professionals active in the clinical and judicial settings with expertise in evidence collection and preservation; trial preparation; and supporting the survivors of violent crimes. Faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds such as police departments, District Attorney’s Office, emergency departments, victims advocacy groups and University Schools of Nursing.