Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

Parkview Medical Center’s team of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE Nurses) are trained, experienced and committed professionals who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rapid and appropriate response is crucial to reducing the immediate trauma that the victim experiences as well as improving patient’s potential for long term recovery.

Parkview Emergency Department SANE

(available 24 hours)

Our SANEs have gone through extensive training and attend regular continuing education conferences and workshops to provide our patients with the best care available. We work cooperatively with law Enforcement, the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, and the victim’s advocate agencies such as Rape Crisis Services and ACOVA to provide an immediate and competent response to this terrorizing event in the victim’s life.

Rape Crisis Services

(available 24 hours)

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, report the incident to law enforcement immediately. Come to Parkview’s Emergency Room where there are Sexual Nurse Examiners here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A nurse examiner will provide comforting care for you and a Rape Crisis advocate will be called to support you in this process.

The examination will include the collection of forensic evidence, so please remember you shouldn't bathe or shower, change clothes, eat, drink or urinate (if possible) before the hospital examination.

Parkview received Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) site designation as determined by the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault in October 2001.

What is a SANE Program?

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is an expert forensic clinician trained to provide comprehensive and sensitive sexual assault examinations. As a professional registered nurse who has received specialized forensic education, a SANE demonstrates clinical competence in the collection of forensic evidence for both adult and child victims, as well as suspect evidence collection and has the ability to provide expert witness testimony in a court of law.

The goal of SANE Programs is to reduce the physical and psychological trauma of SA victims and improve evidence collection through a sensitive and timely forensic examination. SANE programs have brought the care of the SA victim to an era of prompt comprehensive treatment with meticulous collection and documentation of legally sound evidence as well as compassionate care and support.

Facts about sexual assault

Sexual assault is a community problem and requires a community response to combat. The devastating effects of sexual assault can last a lifetime but these effects can be significantly reduced if the victim is handled with care, compassion and expertise that begins the moment she/he reports the assault. Parkview Medical Center’s SANE Program is dedicated to providing quality and comforting care to each individual affected by sexual assault.

Colorado Statistics:
  • 24% (1 in 4) women have experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault in their lifetime. (CDPHE 1998)
  • 6% (1 in 17) men have experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault in their lifetime. (CDPHE 1998)
  • 1,794 rapes were reported to Colorado law enforcement in 1997 and if compared to the 1998 Statewide Survey on Sexual Assault, these reports constitute only 16% of the actual sexual assault. It is estimated that for every on SA that is reported. There are at least 6 more that are not reported. (CDHPE/CCASA 1998)
  • Sixty to 80 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance. (CDPHE 1998)
  • Alcohol and/or date rape drugs are often used to render victims defenseless and lessen the need to use physical force. The availability of date rape drugs and their use is widespread.
  • Rape is not an impulse act; more than 70 percent of all rapes are planned.
  • Most victims of sexual assault never report the assault.

Jenifer Murphy

SANE Program Administrator