SANE is a program that provides immediate and compassionate care for victims of sexual assault. In a safe and caring environment, SANE nurses (RNs who have specialized forensic training) provide immediate care for sexual assault victims and obtain forensic evidence for use by law enforcement agencies to prosecute alleged perpetrators.
SANE nurses also can testify in any legal proceedings related to the examination. They ensure the proper chain of custody and integrity of the samples is maintained so that the evidence will be admissible in court.
SANE nurses work closely with victim advocates, police, sheriffs, and the court. Together, these professionals strive to ensure that the response to a patient who has been sexually assaulted in their community is victim-centered and compassionate and ultimately may provide the potential for a successful criminal justice response.