Health Education, Promotion & Wellness


SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are nurses specially trained to provide care to people who have been sexually assaulted. They are also specially trained to collect evidence that may be used in a prosecution of the assault, if the victim chooses to have evidence collected and chooses to go forward with a prosecution.

SANE Sites are hospitals that can request a SANE nurse when a person reports in the Emergency Department that they have been sexually assaulted.  Upon entering the ED, a SANE exam is offered to patients who have been assaulted within the previous 5 days or 120 hours. 

St. Luke's Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital are both SANE sites. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are available on call 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at these hospitals.

Victims will also be offered the free services of a Rape Crisis Center Community-Based Counselor. These counselors deliver immediate crisis intervention and support in the hospital emergency department as well as medical and legal follow-up and resolution through counseling and advocacy.



 Last Updated On: 8/30/07

Contact Info:

Beth-Anne Vieira, MPH
Coordinator, Health Education and Promotion
T - 508.910.6965
bvieira@umassd.edu