S.A.N.E. is a program specifically designed to insure that victims of sexual assaults are treated in a compassionate and humane manner. It is staffed by specially trained nurse professionals who have been schooled in the most advanced evidence collection techniques and who are sensitive to the physical and psychological needs of the victims of these types of crimes.
Under this program, victims of sexual assault are promptly taken by police agencies to a specially designed area at the Benedictine Hospital. The victim is met by the S.A.N.E. examiners and by a volunteer of the local Crime Victims Assistance Program. After being counseled as to what will transpire and given a full description of their rights, the victims are then examined by a specially trained nurse. The area where the examination is to be conducted is equipped with a waiting room for police and family members. After the examination has been completed, the victim can shower, change into fresh clothing, and receive follow-up information for counseling and medical treatment. Once the examination has been completed, the police agency will transport the victim and her family back to her residence.
At all times, prior to, during and after the exam, the victim is in contact with a member of the Crime Victims Assistance Program. She is kept informed concerning the progress of the investigation, and if an arrest is made, will be fully consulted prior to the disposition of any charges that might be filed.