Close

SANE/SART


What is SANE/SART?
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team is a community-based coordinated response to child and adult victims of sexual assault. The purpose of this program is to provide victim centered care to all victims of sexual assault.

Back to Top


Role of the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a Registered Nurse, who has specialized training in the treatment and care of victims of sexual assault. Two of our nurses are certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to conduct adult, adolescent and pediatric examinations. Nurses are able to complete the following:
  • Victim History
  • Head to toe examination
  • Detailed genital examination
  • Forensic evidence collection
  • Forensic photography
  • Courtroom testimony

Back to Top


SART Members
Members of the response team include the following:
  • Law Enforcement
  • County Attorney
  • SRS
  • SANE Nurses
  • Victim Advocates
    • Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DVACK)
    • Child Advocacy and Parenting Services (CAPS)
    • Chris's Place Child Advocacy Center

Back to Top


Roles of SART Members

Law Enforcement
  • Investigates all parties involved.
  • Investigates crime scene.
  • Receives evidence and reports from SANE.
  • Submits reports to County Attorney.
  • Remains in contact with the victim during all phases of the investigation.
Victim Advocates
  • DVACK (Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas)
    • Serves victims age 16 and older.
    • Provide comfort and support.
    • Educate victim and their support system.
    • Provides information and referrals to community resources.
    • May be present during all phases of the investigation.
  • CAPS (Child Advocacy and Parenting Services)
    • Serves victims under the age of 16.
    • Provide comfort and support for children and their families.
    • Educate children and their families.
    • Provides information and referrals to community resources.
    • May be present during all phases of the investigation.
  • Chris's Place Child Advocacy Center
    • A stand alone, community based facility designed to respond to child victims of abuse.
    • Those of all ages with developmental disabilities are also interviewed there. It is a child friendly atmosphere where children can be interviewed.
  • County Attorney
    • Look at the facts of the case and files charges.
    • Prosecutes for the State.
    • Builds rapport with the victim and family.
  • SRS
    • Notified on all victims under the age of 18.
    • Conducts investigations.

Back to Top


Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault
You have the right to report to law enforcement or not report to law enforcement. Victims under the age of 18 may not report anonymously. This means that you may still receive advocacy services and a medical exam, including evidence collection, but it will NOT be reported to law enforcement unless you want it to be. You may report the crime up to five years later.

Back to Top


What to Expect When Coming for a SANE Exam
  • We will give you compassionate care.
  • We will explain everything to you.
  • We will have you sign consent forms.
  • We will take a complete history.
  • We will conduct a head to toe examination.
  • We will collect evidence.
  • We will conduct a detailed genital examination.
  • We may do lab work.
  • We will discuss medication options.
  • We will maintain your privacy.

Back to Top


Evidence Preservation
  • Do NOT drink any liquids.
  • Do NOT brush your teeth.
  • Do NOT use mouthwash.
  • Do NOT take a shower.
  • Do NOT take a bath.
  • Do NOT douche.
  • Do NOT change your clothes.
  • Do NOT urinate (if at all possible).
  • Do NOT have a bowel movement.

Bring any other items related to the assault with you to the hospital or give to law enforcement.

Back to Top



More Information
Karen Groot, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Susan Reinert, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
SANE/SART Unit Coordinators
Salina Regional Health Center
400 South Santa Fe
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 452-7095
kgroot@srhc.com
sreinert@srhc.com

Initial and continued funding for this program is provided by Salina Regional Health Center, Salina Regional Foundation, Community Health Investment Program, Salina Regional Health Foundation, Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas, Earl Bane Foundation, Social and Rehabilitative Services, City of Salina, Saline County, Salina Area United Way, Oneok Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Salina, Altrusa International and individual donors.