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NCJ Number: NCJ 241673     Find in a Library
Title: Adult Sexual Assault Survivors’ Experiences With Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)
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Author(s): Giannina Fehler-Cabral, M.A. ; Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D. ; Debra Patterson, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:26  Issue:18  Dated:December 2011  Pages:3618 to 3639
Date Published: 12/2011
Page Count: 22
  Annotation: Sexual assault survivors often feel traumatized by the care received in traditional hospital emergency departments.
Abstract: Sexual assault survivors often feel traumatized by the care received in traditional hospital emergency departments. To address these problems, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs were created to provide comprehensive medical care, crisis intervention, and forensic services. However, there is limited research on the actual experiences and emotional impact of sexual assault survivors who seek treatment from SANEs. This qualitative study examined twenty rape survivors’ experiences with forensic nurse examiners of a Midwestern SANE program. Findings suggest that SANEs provided survivors with care and compassion, clear explanations, and choices. Taken together, these positive experiences were perceived as “humanizing”. However, some survivors perceived forensic nurses as hurtful when they were not provided with choices, explanation, and/or acted cold and distant. Implications for future research on SANE care and practice are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Emergency procedures ; Intervention ; Victim medical assistance ; Hospitals ; Sexual assault trauma ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2005-WG-BX-0003
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English ; French
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