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Courses Resume Mid-October E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
Wednesday, September 03 2014 @ 08:51 AM
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Preregister now!

Courses resume in October

SANE/SAFE/SAMFE Preparation and Refresher Curriculum offers interactive, self-directed online and clinical coursework that prepares candidates for SANE-A certification.

The comprehensive Online Curriculum and On-site Curriculum also provide CEU credit and SART certification for Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members, including law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors and other members of the legal community, DNA crime lab specialists, and others.

Online Curriculum: SANE-A/SAFE/SAMFE Preparation and Refresher, and Webinars. This interactive, engaging course places you into real-world simulations that challenge you to assess a wide variety of scenarios involved in performing sexual assault medical-forensic exams, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases or advocating for the victim. You will be challenged to identify problems and take appropriate action to achieve solutions and positive outcomes. The simulations are complemented by webinars hosted by subject matter experts who provide an expanded discussion of the course material.

Other courses include:

Sexual Assault Evidentiary Exam Videos This series of videos will be of interest to SANE candidates who want to learn how to perform a variety of evidentiary exam procedures during the medical-forensic exam.

Reference Interviews These interviews will be of interest to new and prospective SART members who want to learn from the experts: a SANE, law enforcement and victim advocates, prosecutors and a DNA specialist. Each shares their perspective on the importance of a victim-centered response, holding offenders accountable, and realizing the hope of preventing further sexual violence. The interviews were recorded at the Sixth National SART Training Conference in Austin, Texas.

SART Meeting, Kearney NE Members of the Kearney Nebraska SART gather for their regular update meeting. They explore the challenges they’ve had and how the team has learned to work together to seek justice for victims. As a result of their efforts, this small community has seen an increase in sexual assault reports and successful prosecutions.

Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART SolutionSART members in rural and Native American communities, as well as the persons served by the SART, share their experiences about the severity, complexity, and impact of sexual assault and the power of a SART to seek justice for victims.

CEU Prerequisite: Licensed RN, MD, APRN. Students and those who wish to audit the curriculum are not eligible for CEUs. Students may be eligible for credit hours. Check with your school administrator.

Cost: $600. Military personnel, students and those who wish to audit the curriculum: $200

On-site Curriculum: SANE-A Clinical: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam and Mock Trial (hands-on preparation and practice in sexual assault medical-forensic exams and trial testimony). Each Clinical and Mock Trial consists of a half day observing and then performing a pelvic exam on a live pelvic model under the watchful eye of a certified SANE instructor, and a half-day Mock Trial, in which our legal SME prepares each SANE for testifying at trial. Maximum number of participants per day: eight.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of SANE-A/SAFE/SAMFE Preparation and Refresher and Webinars Course.

Cost: shared among the participants. Please contact Dr. Linda Ledray for details at linda@sane-sart.com.

A key building block for SANE-SART teams

The multiphase program immerses learners in true-to-life clinical, law enforcement, legal and victim advocacy situations.

A combination of online interactive and onsite didactic and clinical coursework challenges participants to “learn by doing.”

Each learner uses resource information and interactive tools to respond to realworld sexual assault medical, forensic, law enforcement, victim advocacy and prosecutorial scenarios.

By engaging in a risk-free learning environment, participants benefit from both successes and mistakes. They gain new knowledge, insight and skills for dealing with sexual assault and providing victim-centered justice for sexual assault victims.

Accredited and acclaimed

Kudos – Over the past two years, more than 750 learners have completed SANE/SAFE/SAMFE Preparation and Refresher Curriculum. Participants have praised the program’s depth, breadth and quality. Two examples:

“This was an exceptional learning experience. The content is presented in a detailed, systematic and sensible manner. The production value is beyond compare. I’ve been telling everyone I work with about how amazing this course was.”

      - M.S, SANE candidate

“I was blown away by this program! Our SART members came away feeling like we have all the tools and resources needed to allow for the best services to be delivered to sexual assault victims.”

      - T.C, RN, SANE-A

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

By successfully completing the SANE-SART Online + Clinical course, RNs, SANEs, SAFEs, SAMFEs, MDs, LPRNs, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors and other members of the legal community earn CEUs:

  • RNs, SANEs, SAFEs, SAFMEs, MDs and APRNs: up to 56 hours
  • Law enforcement: up to 40 hours
  • Victim advocates: up to 48 hours
  • Prosecutors: up to 44 hours


Click here to complete the preregistration form for SANE-SART Online + Clinical Curriculum beginning this October.

SANE-SART Resource Service
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime,
Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,
Grant No. 2009-VF-GX-K011


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SANE-SART TRAININGS LISTING E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
Thursday, March 06 2014 @ 05:00 PM
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Last Updated: September 5, 2014


UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
TRAINING LOCATION: Kansas City, Missouri
Upcoming dates:
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Description of training: SANE-A-PALOOZA is a hands-on, clinical experience designed to enhance the comfort, confidence and competence of new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Learners practice exam and evidence collection techniques with standardized patients while receiving guidance from experienced Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.
For information and registration: Click here
PHONE: 816-235-6463
E-mail: Jodi Baker

GSAC SANE-A Training
Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center (GSAC-CAC)
TRAINING LOCATION: University Hospital, Augusta, GA
Dates: October 6 - 10, 2014
Contact: Kelly Burkes, Training Coordinator
PHONE: 770-497-9122
E-mail: Kelly Burkes
Click here for the training flyer

Pediatric SANE Training
Morgantown, WV
TRAINING LOCATION: West Virginia University, Health Sciences Center Campus, John Jones Conference Center
Dates: October 27 - 31, 2014
Registration Fee: $300.00
Registration Deadline: 10/3/2014
Contact: Debra Lopez-Bonasso, Education Coordinator, WVFRIS
PHONE: 304 366-9508
E-mail: Debra Lopez-Bonasso
Click here for the training flyer

If interested in posting a training session here, contact the sane-sart website administrator at: Website Administrator
Please include details and contact information.

If interested in bringing a SANE-A training to your area, please contact Dr. Linda Ledray:

Dr. Linda E. Ledray, PhD, RN, SANE-A, FAAN
Director, SANE-SART Resource Service
Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 612-889-0889
Adult/Adolecent SANE Trainings Provided
E-mail: Dr. Linda E. Ledray

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Education
Conducted by Linda E. Ledray, PhD, RN, SANE-A, FAAN

This forty-hour didactic training course covers “everything” the RN or MD needs to know to conduct an effective sexual assault examination and work as a member of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). It also meets the didactic training requirements of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to sit for their international certification examination.

Presented by one of the leading SANE researchers and educators the information included is evidence-based, up-to-date, comprehensive, and yet presented in a manageable format. Nurses who have participated in this program have indicated it was one of the most exciting courses they have attended; when they finished the course, they felt ready to complete the clinical component

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Increasing Access to Medical Forensic Exams in Texas E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 07 2013 @ 03:48 PM
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General NewsIncreasing Access to Medical Forensic Exams in Texas

By Chris Kaiser, TAASA Staff Attorney

This year the Texas Legislature passed a law to give sexual assault survivors the choice to have forensic evidence collected at any emergency room in the state. Authored by Sen. Wendy Davis (Ft. Worth) and Rep. Senfronia Thompson (Houston), the bill has generated much discussion among sexual assault advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and the media.

The impetus for the new law was that survivors in some remote areas of the state had found themselves in an impossible dilemma. They desperately wanted to have evidence of their rapes collected, but the distance to the nearest ER with a SANE program was too far to travel—sometimes several hours away. Against that backdrop, SB 1191 represents the idea that survivors should not have to choose between spending time and money they do not have to travel to the “right” hospital and not having evidence collected at all.

SB 1191 took effect on September 1, 2013. As facilities and response teams across Texas work to implement the law as smoothly as possible, now is an important time to review what to expect at the ER.

Can we still transfer survivors to the local SANE program?

Yes, as long as the survivor consents to the transfer. The law doesn’t prohibit ERs without SANEs from transferring patients to ERs that do have SANEs. In fact, advocates and medical professionals should encourage survivors to utilize the services of certified SANEs whenever possible. In many communities, both urban and rural, a transfer to the nearest facility with a SANE program is relatively quick and will not create significant obstacles for the survivor.

The situation may be different for more remote communities, where the nearest facility with a SANE program may be hours away. In these areas, ERs may still offer the transfer, and survivors may still choose to accept it. However, the longer trip may not be tenable for some survivors, particularly those who lack adequate child care or flexibility in work schedules. Although the law covers all ERs, emergency departments in these areas should be especially prepared to collect evidence for survivors unable to travel.

Does every ER need to have a certified SANE?

No. The law requires each ER to develop a plan to train its personnel on basic sexual assault forensic evidence collection. The continuing education on forensic evidence collection that is already required for nurses working in ERs (Tex. Occ. Code § 301.306; 22 Tex. Admin. Code § 216.3(5)) may satisfy the SB 1191 minimum training requirement. The Board of Nursing will write rules making that determination this fall. The Medical Board will also be creating rules soon to provide direction for physicians.

That said, each community’s criminal district attorney can serve a vital role in developing policies on training and evidence collection. Felony prosecutors have critical insight into what level of expertise is necessary to ensure the integrity of criminal prosecutions. As medical facilities balance these interests with their own legal compliance, DAs’ offices can provide a valuable perspective.

Finally, to help survivors locate the preferred, certified SANE care, the law also requires the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to publish a list of all ERs with SANE programs and their locations. The list must be included on the DSHS website.

Without a doubt, more questions will arise as time goes on. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault stands ready to assist rape crisis centers and advocates, SART members, and survivors during this implementation period.

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BREAK THE SILENCE VIDEO RELEASED E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
Friday, June 28 2013 @ 09:50 AM
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New Promotional / Awareness Video:

Click here to view

Break the Silence

New Promotional / Awareness Video: Break the Silence

A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) informational video titled “Break the Silence” has recently been released. The video will be available to be used by persons interested in creating a SART and looking to educate other potential members, management, and the community on the value of a SART. Additionally, the video can be used by rural and Native American SARTs to make their respective communities aware of the SART and its ability to increase conviction rates, thus potentially increasing the willingness by victims to prosecute.

While working with communities across the US, especially in rural and Tribal communities to develop SARTs, some of the issues identified as a challenge has been the lack of awareness in their communities about SARTs, the lack of resources available to inform them of the value of developing a SART, and the value to the community of utilizing a SART once developed. This video will aid communities to better meet this need.

Distribution of the video will be aimed at professionals in Indian Country and rural areas interested in starting a SART, recently assigned SART members in Indian Country and in rural areas, and community members served by Indian Country and rural SARTs. SART teams will have access to downloads of the video, which they are welcome to use at community meetings, local cable and broadcast TV stations, etc.

Stated objectives for the video are as follows:

  1. To make potential and recently assigned SART members, and community members, aware of the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas,

  2. To make potential and recently assigned SART members aware of the power of a SART as a victim-centered group of professionals ready and able to seek justice for victims, and

  3. To make potential and recently assigned SART members aware of the SART's benefits to the community.

This video was prepared by the SANE-SART Resource Service through a contract to Kinetic Learning, Inc. under grant number 2009-VF-GX-K011, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in the video are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or polices of the U.S. Department of Justice.

SANE-SART Resource Service
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime,
Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,
Grant No. 2009-VF-GX-K011

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Monday, March 04 2013 @ 02:15 PM
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This online learning program was available to SANE NURSES.

FREE Online Adult and Adolescent SANE-Didactic Plus Initial Clinical Training

The selection process for the new interactive, self-directed online and clinical course which meets the initial requirements of the International Association of Forensic Nurses requirements is well under way.

The course, SANE-SART Online+Clinical, will combine interactive simulations, webinars and onsite clinical training for the medical professional. The comprehensive course will be available to all members of the Sexual Assault Response Team including law enforcement, victim advocates, social workers, prosecutors and crime lab personnel.

Upon successful completion, RN’s with a current, valid license will receive 40 approved continuing nursing education contact hours for the online learning and 16 additional continuing education hours if selected for the onsite clinical training. All other disciplines will receive continuing education credits of up to 40 hours upon completion of the training course, and law enforcement will receive up to 40 POST Credits approved.

Combined with the onsite clinical facet, SANE-SART Online+Clinical’s unique interactive online components will enable a nurse to learn and practice SANE-A skills literally by “doing” at her or his own speed.

Dr. Linda Ledray, RN, PhD, SANE-A and FAAN, is the lead subject matter expert in the course’s development. Among many other accomplishments in the field of sexual assault response, she is the founder and director of the Sexual Assault Resource Service in Minneapolis, MN—one of the first SANE programs and is currently the Director of the SANE-SART Resource Service.

According to Dr. Ledray, SANE-SART Online+Clinical “will immerse learners in real-life clinical, legal and victim support situations in which they are challenged to learn by doing and to learn by making mistakes. Through this adult learning process, each SANE learner will be able to develop and demonstrate mastery of SANE-A knowledge and skills, both for clinical practice and courtroom trial.”

Dr. Ledray said the program is primarily directed to nurses without previous SANE training in rural and tribal audiences, where access to training is more limited, but audiences in any location will be welcome to enroll.

While the online Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training is not directly tied to SANE-A® certification, it is our goal that all RN’s who complete all 56 hours of the course will apply for SANE-A® certification. Full completion of the course is no guarantee that any examinee will achieve a passing score on the SANE-A® certification examination—particularly if the candidate does not meet the eligibility criteria. As a policy, IAFN does not grant any direct or implied endorsement or pre-approval for any specific 40-hour SANE training. Currently, the Forensic Nursing Certification Board (FNCB) makes such a determination only during a potential examinee’s application review process.

SANE-SART Online+Clinical is produced by Kinetic Learning, Inc., and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice to the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law.

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Practical Sex Crimes Investigation Training E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
Monday, October 15 2012 @ 12:15 PM
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Practical Sex Crimes Investigation Training

Proven to be the best practice for investigating sexual crimes, this training utilizes the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach to these complex cases. Attendees will be given practical and current investigative techniques providing a solid foundation when investigating sexual violence.

The courses are delivered by experienced practitioners in either a one or two day format. Training can be customized to meet your jurisdictional needs. Topics available include:

  • Developing and sustaining a MDT
  • Victimization and related trauma
  • Interviewing victims of sexual assault
  • Medical-Forensic Examinations
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Using DNA and the crime lab
  • Suspect Interviews
  • Working cold case rapes

  • This training is delivered by:

    Investigative Lead, LLC
    16605 E. Palisades Blvd. Suite 100-374
    Fountain Hills, AZ. 85268

    Investigative Lead, LLC is a law enforcement investigative training and consulting group specializing in "real life" delivery of instruction to criminal justice personnel.

    Training delivery services include:

  • Sexual Violence Investigations and Training for Detectives
  • Sexual Violence Training for First Responders
  • Crime Scene Management Training
  • DNA for Law Enforcement Training
  • Criminal Investigation Major Case Unit Management
  • Cold Case Investigation, Training and Team Development
  • Law Enforcement Multi-Disciplinary Team Training
  • Major Case Investigative Unit Assessment and Consultation
  • Serial Case Investigation and Management
  • Law Enforcement Grant Reviewer and Consultant
  • Investigative Leadership

  • For additional information in bringing training or consulting to your jurisdiction email Sgt. Jim Markey (retired) or call 602-616-5200.
    E-mail: markey.iltc@gmail.com
    Fees: To be determined based on location and length of training

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    NEW RESOURCE RELEASED E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Friday, October 12 2012 @ 02:37 PM
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    Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault
    A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals
    Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, PhD, FAAN
    Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, APRN, BC, FAAN
    Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP
    512 pages, 432 images, with 24 contributors

    Sexual assault remains one of the most problematic and controversial issues in law, medicine, and in society at large. Following the outcry against recent scandals, it has become even more important that medical, law enforcement, legal, social service, and other professionals possess comprehensive knowledge on all issues pertaining to rape, assault, sexual exploitation, and the exam findings of each. It is no longer enough to trust feelings or intuitions; experts in the field must present solid forensic evidence in a knowledgeable manner. Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals is intended to introduce that knowledge and to familiarize readers with the forensic elements of a sexual assault examination.

    Covering topics ranging from date rape and drug-facilitated assault to sexual homicide, Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals is part of the new Sexual Assault line from STM Learning. Written to expand on the information in the original Sexual Assault: Victimization Across the Lifespan and to include multimedia resources, this new volume contains all new information by experts in the field. Armed with the vital knowledge contained within this volume, professionals working within medical, law enforcement, legal, social service, and other relevant fields would be able to confidently and knowledgably diagnose, treat, and help to prevent adult sexual assault.

    The Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals—Supplementary CD-ROM combines relevant data and practical solutions to identifying and treating the sexual abuse, assault, and exploitation of adults in an accessible format comprised of forensic images and easy-to-use Powerpoint presentations. The combination of the authoritative text and its supplementary disc makes this volume essential for any professional dedicated to preventing and caring for the victims of sexual abuse.

    For further information on this resource, Click here

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    2013 SART CONFERENCE CANCELED E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Tuesday, July 31 2012 @ 01:00 PM
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    The SART Conference Registration Website has been disabled.

    Click here to view the 2011 SART Conference brochure

    Due to challenges presented by the DOJ event planning process, there will not be a Seventh National SART Training Conference. There are a number of other projects that we are working on with the Office for Victims of Crime to foster the opportunities to bring SART teams together and to improve the care provided to sexual assault victims by improving the SART system response to all victims of sexual assault. Please check our website this Fall for further details about these new opportunities.

    While the evaluation process is closed for the Sixth National SART Training Conference, you may still receive a certificate for continuing education credits by sending your name, discipline and a summary of what you attended in Austin to the SANE-SART Resource Service. E-mail this information with this link: SANE-SART Resource Service

    Direct any questions to SART Conference Services at:

    SANE-SART Resource Service
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime,
    Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice,
    Grant No. 2009-VF-GX-K011

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    NEW National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) Online Resource E-mail Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Tuesday, April 05 2011 @ 10:36 PM
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    The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) announces the launch of its newest online resource where visitors can access 11 easy-to-present modules and resources for in-person training on cases involving adult victims of sexual assault. These materials provide information and valuable resources that will be useful to judges and individuals from a broad range of disciplines. The objective is to educate on the difficult issues that arise in criminal and civil cases involving sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

    To learn more, visit the NJEP Website. Registration is free and open to all.

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    Tuesday, June 29 2010 @ 11:59 AM
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    Nursing Response to Elder Mistreatment Curriculum
    Free Training Curriculum for Educators

    IAFN now has a curriculum on the nursing response to elder mistreatment for the public and includes 12 Modules with Instructor Materials,

    Participant Materials and PowerPoint presentations
    Additional resources and appendices are also available online. This is a free download. Please go to IAFN Curriculum Link

    About the Curriculum
    The goal of this course is to help nurses acquire essential knowledge and skills to appropriately respond to elder mistreatment. This course prepares nurses to integrate nursing and forensic sciences into the care of vulnerable older adults who have been mistreated or are at high risk for mistreatment by trusted others.

    Why this Curriculum?
    Nurses routinely care for older adults in a variety of settings. As the aging population in America rapidly increases, nurses are not only interacting with a greater number of older adults, but there also is an increased likelihood of encountering individuals who are dependent on others for help with activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing and toileting) and instrumental activities of daily living (such as shopping, managing finances and using the telephone). Dependence on “trusted others” for basic care needs increases the risk of elder mistreatment.

    No national, formalized curriculum exists that provides nurses with foundational knowledge about elder mistreatment and helps them develop skills to improve their capacity to respond to this problem. There are also no national-level education programs to build nurses’ basic forensic skills to enhance screening, assessment, intervention and referral in cases of actual or potential elder mistreatment. IAFN seeks to change this.

    This formalized curriculum, created by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, provides nurses the opportunity to improve their responses in elder mistreatment cases.

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