Salt Lake Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SL SANE) important services are provided at no charge to victims of sexual assault. The quality of our state-of-the-art evidence collection enhances the ability of law enforcement to successfully investigate and prosecute sexual-assault cases. The SL SANE team works collaboratively with advocates specializing in care for victims of sexual violence ensuring that the emotional needs of victims are met during this traumatic time.
SL SANE's experienced team of nurses, who specialize in sexual assault treatment, provide service in emergency departments in local hospitals. The emergency room staff will respond to any urgent medical needs of the patient, while the specialty trained SANE provides the forensic exam and specific care related to the assault. This team approach allows the victim of sexual violence to have the dedicated care provided by a trained nurse and allows the emergency room staff to use their resources treating urgent medical conditions that routinely occur in the emergency room. Expert care, improved evidence collection and legal documentation, all within the context of a collaborative community response, benefit not only victims but the entire community.
Our nurses are available to respond to requests for services 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
SL SANE provides trainings for nurses across the state to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. The training course is offered twice a year and is a 40 hours course that meets the standards for SANE trainings as outlined by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. This course offers continuing education credits through the Utah Nurses Association. Specific information about the next course in included in the Training section of this web site.
SL SANE also provides trainings to multiple agencies and groups throughout Salt Lake County related to care of and response to sexual assault victims. The agencies and groups include law enforcement, district attorneys, laboratory specialists, nurses, physicians, therapists and community advocates.
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