Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.)
The SANE provides compassionate and expert medical and forensic care. The SANE coordinates patient management with the emergency room physician when physical injuries are present. In coordination with advocates, the SANE also provides education and resource information to victims in crisis. Women & Infants Emergency Department has S.A.N.E. certified nurses available 24/7 to care for victims of sexual assault.
Click here to access an outline of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) Training Program.
Medical staff should offer the victim an advocate who is trained in sexual assault crisis intervention; however, if the victim refuses the advocate, or it takes longer for the advocate to arrive than expected, some basic crisis intervention skills may be helpful.
A wide range of human emotions and behaviors can accompany crisis, particularly when the crisis relates to victimization. People react differently to stress and crisis situations based on their own skills or behaviors, abilities to cope, maturation levels, and personalities. Crisis intervention for victims of crime may vary depending on the needs of the victim and the type of victimization. However, there are some critical elements to crisis intervention described below in the Three Phases of Crisis Intervention, 10 Phase 1 will be most important for health care providers.
» Three Phases of Crisis
Local Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault
|Day One: Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center
|Women's Center of Rhode Island
|Hasbro Child Safe Clinic
(MD on call after hours)
|RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
|Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
|Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
|Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
|Women's Resource Center
Serving Newport and Bristol Counties
|Other Resources – Sexual Assault Resource Guide|