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Sexaul Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.)

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The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program provides victims of sexual assault and abuse with immediate access to compassionate care, comprehensive health and legal evaluation, and treatment by a registered nurse specially trained to anticipate medical and
emotional needs.

The SANE program is based in the Emergency Departments at Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles; Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph; and Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet. There are specially trained nurses ready to help victims of sexual assault 24 hours a day. Patients receive care in a private and safe environment with emergency room physicians involved in their medical care. Nurses with the SANE program work closely with law enforcement and community agencies to provide continuity of care.

The SANE program can provide:

  • A medical forensic exam and documentation
  • Emergency contraception
  • Preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Education and awareness
  • Crisis intervention
  • Courtroom advocacy
  • Discharge planning and referrals to appropriate agencies, such as police departments, shelters, or counseling services
  • Outpatient clinic examinations are available when appropriate (call for more information)

What Is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault can include touch, force, or coercion by an acquaintance, someone you know, or by a stranger. It can happen anywhere, at any time of day.

Sexual assault affects women, men and children of all ages, from all walks of life:

  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted
  • Fewer than 50% of sexual assaults are reported
  • Approximately two third of rapes were committed by someone the victim knew 1
  • 17.7 million American women and 2.78 million men in the United States have been victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime 1

Victims may feel a range of emotions, including:

  • Fear, anxiety
  • Shock, disbelief
  • Helplessness, depression
  • Anger
  • Shame, embarrassment
  • Guilt, self-blame

However, with immediate, specialized medical attention, victims can begin the healing process and receive the care and support they need to live full and satisfying lives.

Useful information:

For Physicians:

1. National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences
of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998



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