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S.A.N.E.

Our community has a number of resources to help victims of sexual assault. One of them is the S.A.N.E. Program.
For more information on the S.A.N.E. program, call 330-480-2344

What is a S.A.N.E.?
A S.A.N.E. is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. This is a registered nurse who has received advanced education in the area of sexual assault. The S.A.N.E. performs a focused medical examination that includes collection of forensic evidence.

Humility of Mary Health Partners’ program offers several registered nurses trained as S.A.N.E. professionals who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for victims of sexual assault at St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph health centers.

Our Goal
The goal of the S.A.N.E. program at HMHP is to provide professional, comprehensive and compassionate care to the victims of sexual assault in a standardized and non-judgmental way.

How Do We Do This?
Through our S.A.N.E. program, we provide:
  • Compassionate care to the survivor in a non-judgmental manner and at a pace comfortable for the patient.
  • A medical/forensic examination.
  • A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) who will care for the patient throughout the examination on a one-to-one basis.
  • Preventative measures for sexually transmitted diseases and other complications of sexual assault.
  • Referrals for follow-up care and counseling.
History of the S.A.N.E. Program
The first S.A.N.E. program was established in Memphis, Tenn., in 1976, with programs following in Minneapolis (1977) and Amarillo, Texas, (1979). Today, there are hundreds of S.A.N.E. programs throughout the United States and Canada.

In 1992, individuals from 31 of these programs came together at a meeting hosted by the Sexual Assault Resource Service. At that meeting the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) was formed. The IAFN is a professional organization of registered nurses who develop, promote and disseminate information about the science of forensic nursing.

The Facts About Sexual Assault
  • 1 out of 4 girls and women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
  • 1 out of every 33 men will be sexually assaulted.
  • 1 in 7 women will be raped by her husband.
  • 61 percent of all rape victims are younger than 18 years of age; 22 percent are between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • 1 in 4 college women have either been raped or suffered an attempted rape.
  • 78 percent of rape victims know their attacker.
  • Only 16 percent of rapes are ever reported the police.
Male Sexual Assault
Although sexual assault victims are more frequently women, sexual assaults on boys and men occur more regularly than most people realize. Our S.A.N.E. professionals are trained to treat male victims of sexual assault with the same compassionate care as they do their female patients. Men who have experienced this crime should not be embarrassed to seek medical treatment.

What to Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
  • Remember, it is NOT your fault.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately. The emergency departments at St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph health centers have the only S.A.N.E. program in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.
  • Report the sexual assault to the law enforcement agency where the assault occurred.
Do Not:
  • Shower
  • Urinate
  • Eat
  • Drink
  • Smoke
  • Douche
  • Remove tampon
  • Have a bowel movement
  • Change clothes
Legal Action
Although the hospital is legally obligated to inform law enforcement of a sexual assault, ultimately, the decision to file a police report is yours. When you come to the hospital, you will not be pressured into filing a police report. We will inform you of your options so you can make an informed decision. At HMHP, we are committed to providing the same advanced level of care to all patients through our S.A.N.E. program.

If you or someone you know falls victim to sexual assault – whether female or male – please do not hesitate to seek medical treatment at the emergency department at either St. Elizabeth or St. Joseph. Your care will be given the highest priority. Our S.A.N.E. professionals are committed to comprehensive, compassionate care provided in a non-judgmental way.
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