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SANE programs are emerging in small and large localities across the nation to improve the quality of sexual assault evidentiary exams. All adults and children who are sexually assaulted deserve to receive the prompt and compassionate emergency medical-forensic care that SANEs offer. Thorough evidence collection in each case opens the door to the possibility of offender conviction. Where SANE programs do not exist, agencies involved in coordinated responses to sexual assault victims should not delay in considering implementing such a promising model in their community. The list of resources that follows this section may help communities organize a SANE program.

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs: Improving the Community Response to Sexual Assault Victims
April 2001
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