Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

If you've been sexually assaulted or abused, we provide compassionate, confidential care and resources to help you heal physically and emotionally.

What is the SANE program?

Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) are registered nurses who have completed specialized, clinical training in treating child, adolescent and adult patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.

SANEs work closely with advocates, legal professionals and members of law enforcement to ensure the response to a patient who has been sexually assaulted is victim-centered and compassionate.

SANE nurses will also develop a personalized plan of care before the patient leaves the hospital.

What you should know

  • The exam is CONFIDENTIAL.
  • Our SANE nurses are caring and supportive, and each victim receives personalized care.
  • The exam time ranges from one to four hours, during which the nurse will collect crucial, time-sensitive evidence.
  • Victims under the age of 18 require mandatory reporting for any type of abuse. Mandatory reporting is not required for victims age 18 or older.
  • SANE nurses can preventively treat sexually transmitted infections and provide follow-up care, as well as guide you to other resources in the community.
  • Two funds are available to patients to help cover the cost of the exam:
  • SANE nurses can testify in any legal proceedings related to the examination. They also ensure the integrity of the samples is maintained so that evidence will be admissible in court.
  • Our SANE nurses have contacts at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Appleton, Child Advocacy Center in Neenah and Green Bay, Reach Counseling in Neenah, and Harbor House in Appleton.

For more information

Call the SANE program at (920) 831-1451 or St. Elizabeth Hospital's Emergency Department at (920) 738-2100. Ask to speak with a SANE nurse.

Funding for the SANE program has been generously provided by the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

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1506 S. Oneida St
Appleton, WI 54915
(920) 738-2000

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