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SANE Empowering Care Survey

This survey developed by Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Debra Patterson, MSW, MA and Adrienne Adams, MA helps SARTs get feedback on services provided by a sexual assault nurse examiner.

SANE Sustainability

Last Updated 10/22/2014. Minor link correction on 9/18/2018.


This collaborative project with the International Association of Forensic Nurses and Office on Violence Against Women, provides free training, technical assistance, and consultation to local Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and State/Territory and Tribal SANE Coordinators.

National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach

In August of 2017, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report on National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. In 2013, the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Report Act (SAFER Act) was passed into law amending the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide funds for grants to be administered to laboratories to address the critical need of eliminating the backlog of sexual assault kits, the law requires an establishment of protocols and practices.

In consultation with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies, and government laboratories, the Department was required to develop and publish a description of protocols and practices to ensure accurate, timely, and effective collection and processing of DNA evidence, including practices specific to sexual assault cases. To that end, NIJ created the SAFER Working Group, which convened to develop protocols and practices to positively improve sexual assault responses and the experiences of victims.

This report, requested by congress, provides 35 of those recommended practices and protocols. For more information on the 35 recommendations and the report, please visit: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/250384.pdf

Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report

A new report describes findings about unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Wayne County (Detroit), Michigan. A multidisciplinary team investigated the situation and found a number of effective and sustainable responses and ways to prevent the problem from recurring.

The team found several underlying “risk factors” that contributed to the large quantity of unsubmitted SAKs in Detroit, including:

  1. Victim-blaming beliefs and behaviors by police.
  2. No written protocol for submitting kits to the lab for testing.
  3. Budget cuts that reduced the number of law enforcement and crime lab personnel.
  4. High turnover in police leadership.
  5. Lack of community-based victim advocacy services.

The final report gives a detailed look at their experience, including lessons learned from performing a census of SAKs, uncovering factors that contributed to the problem, testing of a sample of 1,600 kits, and developing victim-centered, trauma-informed notification protocols.

SANE Program Resources for Vicarious Trauma

This resource is part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Sustainability Project. It provides an overview of tools to address vicarious trauma.

Learn more by downloading the free mobile app.

Sally Laskey Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:43

SANE Program Staff Education

This resource is part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Sustainability Project. It provides an overview of educational resources for SANEs.

Learn more by downloading the free mobile app.