2 Nov 2017

The heart and soul of SARS has left us

In 1979, two years after I started the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) in Minneapolis and what was to become the SANE-SART model, an unassuming but extremely qualified woman walked into my office to apply for the grant manager/office manager position. Little did Susan Valentine know what she was getting into — and little did...
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19 Oct 2017

Should nude photos be taken as part of the SANE exam?

Authored by Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, PhD, FAAN, and Kim Day, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nursing Director, International Association of Forensic Nurses While performing a clinical training just this month the nurses shared that during their recent didactic training at another site they had been told they should take pictures of the front and...
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28 Sep 2017

What should be documented as a part of the SANE/SAFE Evidentiary Examination?

By Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, PhD, FAAN, Director, SANE-SART Resource Service Prior to the development of SANE programs in the mid-1970s the paperwork in the evidentiary exam kits was developed by crime laboratories with the intent of obtaining the information the laboratory needed to analyze the evidence collected in the kit. Most kits also...
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16 Jun 2017

Eradicating the Cancer of Sexual Assault in the Military

Authored by: Robert D. Shadley, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret), a consultant, speaker, and author.   Two decades ago, I served as the Commanding General of the U. S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. During my command, my staff uncovered what amounted to a sexual crime ring. Non-commissioned officer drill sergeants...
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8 May 2017

My Documentary Aims to Break the “Contract of Silence”

Authored by: Danijela Stajnfeld, survivor and filmmaker. View her website: http://www.holdmerightfilm.com/ Why do survivors feel guilty when they are sexually assaulted? What makes them feel like they are somehow at fault? What keeps survivors from coming forward? A major part of the reason is that our society is still guided by false assumptions about sexual assault....
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4 Apr 2017

What You Need to Know About What Rape Victims Need from You

Authored by: Amy Oestreicher, survivor, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, actress.  amyoes.com I grew up believing that my entire life would be dedicated to the performing arts. Now, I’m a survivor and “thriver” of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma – or what I now call my “beautiful...
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13 Mar 2017

The Fundamentals of SART and MDT Success

Authored By Sgt. Jim Markey (Retired), Phoenix Police Department Sex Crimes Unit   The Fundamentals of SART and MDT Success For many years, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the sexual assault response teams (SARTs) and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that work to improve community response to sexual violence. The SART and...
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21 Nov 2016

Meeting the Challenges of SANE Nursing in a Prison System

Authored By Masonda Wheatley, RN, CCHP, SANE Nurse Coordinator, Corizon Health   Prison rape Rape in prison is a reality that too often goes unreported. In Missouri’s prison system, our SANE nurse program is making victims more willing to report the crime, receive the forensic exam they are entitled to under the Prison Rape Elimination Act...
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13 Oct 2016

Tell Your Story; it’s Important

Authored By Sara Grossman, Communications Manager, The Matthew Shepard Foundation (http://www.matthewshepard.org)   Before joining the team at the Matthew Shepard Foundation, I was working for a start-up that had created a device to help victims of sexual assault feel safer. It’s a simple product: a button that connects to an app on your phone via...
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19 Sep 2016

The Value of Persistence

Authored By Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason, Executive Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC).   As I began to think about the challenges and successes of establishing a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I searched for quotes that could clearly express the importance of persistence as it pertained...
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