What Does Your Period Say About Your Health ?


Women worldwide have been going through menstruation for a better part of their life. With pre-menstrual stress, menstrual stress, and post-menstrual stress, most women are lucky to get at least a week of sanity. Menstruation is often considered taboo in many societies and is discussed in hushed tones. Despite the availability and accessibility to information, … Read more

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 I … Read more

Prostituted and Sexually Trafficked Persons are Rape Victims, Too

What everyone — SANE and SART professionals especially — should know Authored By: Lisa Thompson, Vice President and Director of Education and Outreach, National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) As former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein observed in her book Sexual Violence: Our War against Rape, it is unlikely that any “lifestyle exposes a woman to the … Read more

Four Different SARTs, One Simple Fact

Authored By: Lorraine L. Davis Chief Operating Officer & SANE Coordinator, YWCA of Hawai`i Island, Hilo, Hawai`i Cheryl Eleshansky Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coordinator, Native Village of Eyak, Cordova, Alaska Pamela Terrill, MS, ARNP, SANE-A SART and SANE Coordinator, Johnson County (Iowa City), Iowa Brooke Huber Sexual Assault Response Team Lead. SCIT Behavioral Health, Nami Migizi … Read more

Sexual Assault Response Teams: Supporting victims, facilitating justice.

Second in a three-part series on the impact and importance of sexual assault response teams (SARTs). In the U.S., a reported sexual assault occurs every two minutes [1] According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Crime Victimization Survey, there is an average of 293,066 sexual assault and rape victims (age 12 or older) … Read more