If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact the Crisis Center Hotline:
Located inside Geary Community Hospital, through the Emergency Department
1102 St. Mary’s Rd.
Junction City, KS 66441
What is SANE?
SANE stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Each SANE must be a registered nurse who has completed specialized education and clinical preparation in medical-forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.
- A 40-hour training course
- A ‘preceptorship’ with an experienced SANE that includes a checklist of skills and abilities to be completed before the SANE can evaluate patients
- Annual competencies that must be completed to remain up-to-date
- A certain number of on-call hours per calendar year
- Recommended membership in the IAFN (International Association of Forensic Nurses) which provides unlimited access to a myriad of continuing education, special access to state-of-the art forensic resources, and prompt communication regarding legal advancements in this area of care.
What is SART?
SART stands for Sexual Assault Response Team. This is a community collaboration of various organizations that all play a role in some aspect of the cycle of sexual assault. It allows a multitude of organizations to come together to discuss how sexual assault is impacting our particular area, and how we can work together to serve our victims and protect our community/citizens.
The team consists of (but is not limited to):
- County attorney/prosecutor
- Fort Riley
- Geary County Sherriff Office
- Junction City and Grandview Plaza Police Departments
- School system (public, private, community college, etc.)
- Victim Advocacy Center(s)
Why was this program created here?
- In late 2014, community leaders identified that sexual assault, in all forms, was a problem in this community (as it is in every community across the U.S.) that was not being addressed in the most adequate way.
- Advancements have been made in the arena of Forensic Nursing over the years that have lead to the development of a specific role – the SANE nurse.
- Hours of work went into creating the program that exists today. In February 2016, the Geary Community Hospital Sexual Assault Center opened it’s doors for adult victims of sexual assault. Soon, the program will be fully capable of treating victims of all ages. Pediatric patients (under the age of 14) require additional education of the SANE nurse.
- We currently have 3 fully-trained SANE nurses, and are in the process of hiring and training 3 additional SANE nurses for added coverage needs.
What can a SANE do that the ER cannot?
- Up until February 2016, if a man, woman, or child became a victim of sexual assault, evidence collection was often provided by an ER physician or nurse on staff. While the proper care was always provided to these victims, some aspects of a sexual assault exam could not be provided in an emergent setting (forensic photos, detailed description of the event, etc.).
- Salina and Stormont-Vail in Topeka have active SANE programs, but transportation was often an issue for victims for a variety of reasons.
- SANE nurses are trained to take detailed history in a particular way that lends itself more to the legal process, are trained to look for certain injuries that are often specific to sexual assault (both acute and long-term), and have the ability – thanks to generous donations! – to take detailed forensic photographs.
SDFI Forensic Camera System
The SDFI Forensic Camera System allows us to take imaging of trauma related to sexual assault, allows for contrast images to be taken (“highlights” areas of trauma that are unable to be seen with the naked eye), allows for images to be stored in a military-grade digital file system that complies with all legal regulations.
What else does the SANE program provide?
- In addition to the SDFI Camera System, the SANE program was able to use funds donated to purchase clothing for the victims (thanks to our community partners). Why is this important? In cases of acute sexual assault, victims are often asked to leave their clothing for forensic evidence that will be sent to the investigating law enforcement agency.
- In addition to the exam room, the SANE area is a safe space that allows for private, one-on-one interviewing of victims. The room is equipped with a couch, a comfy chair, a beautiful rug, and ambient lighting – it takes the “clinical” feel out of the process.
- The SANE program also has a variety of educational resources for victims and their supporters.
- SANE nurses always offer prophylactic treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
How common is sexual assault and rape?
- Each year, there are nearly 300,000 sexual assaults in the United States alone. That means that every 107 seconds, another man, woman, or child’s life is forever changed by something they never asked for.
- Statistics show that for every 100 assaults that occur, only 32 will get reported.
- In the last 5 years, 237 sexual assaults were reported to the Junction City Police Department. If we apply what we know, that means that well over 700 assaults have happened right here in our community. That’s nearly 150 a year, or a dozen people a month.