This document is part of the NSVRC’s SANE Sustainability Series.  The relationship between a medical director and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program coordinator is an important one. If you are looking for a medical director for your program, or are unsure whether the medical director you have is the right fit, this bulletin will provide some guidance and structure to identifying a compatible physician to add to the team. For more resources on this topic visit the SANE Sustainability Project.

This guide examines the use of polygraph tests and other truth-telling devices (sometimes called “lie-detector tests”) in sexual assault investigations. It is meant to support the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) provision that truth-telling devices must not be used with sexual assault victims as a condition of charging or prosecution of an offense. This guide examines special issues relevant to using truth-telling devices with sexual assault victims. Legislative and judicial actions that have been taken as a result of this debate will also be discussed. Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and policy makers may use this guide to develop policies, practices, and procedures and to improve collaborations regarding the use of truth-telling devices as the VAWA 2005 provision is adopted across the United States. 

The first in a series of bulletins related to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program sustainability, this publication provides information gathered from the NSVRC SANE Sustainability Technical Assistance Project. It discusses six key areas related to sustainability: investing in people, understanding budgeting, reframing education, mentoring future leaders, creating strategic alliances and program evaluation.   For more resources on this topic visit the SANE Sustainability Project. 

This technical assistance bulletin is intended to support counselors and advocates in providing quality counseling services to child sexual assault victims.  The bulletin includes an overview of counseling guidelines and developmentally appropriate interventions.

This technical assistance bulletin offers information for sexual assault counselors on taint issues with the child client. Avoiding Issues of Taint with the Child Client


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