About the Medical Forensic Response

The Role of Medical Forensic Examiners

SANE/SAFE: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner. These acronyms refer to the healthcare professionals who are specially trained to provide care to patients following a sexual assault. Sometimes, physicians who are specially trained to provide sexual assault patient care refer to themselves as SAFEs in order to distinguish themselves from nurses providing similar care. In some jurisdictions across the nation, people use SAFE to refer to the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam. It isn’t necessary for a healthcare professional to be a SANE or a SAFE in order to complete the medical forensic exam. 

SANE-certified is an individual registered nurse or another healthcare professional who has completed a forty-hour adolescent/adult or pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training, and has successfully completed the SANE certification examination. There are separate certification examinations for adult/adolescent and pediatric SANE specialties. SANE-A refers to individuals who are certified to perform adult/adolescent medical forensic exams, and SANE-P refers to individuals who are certified to perform pediatric medical forensic exams. It isn’t necessary for a healthcare professional to be SANE-certified in order to complete the medical forensic exam.

Specialized Resources for Medical Professionals

Sample Protocols/Policies

SAFE-TA Source: Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance

Important Links

International Association of Forensic Nurses

IAFN - Minnesota Chapter

Minnesota Model Policies for Forensic Compliance

Fact Sheets on Sexual Assault Examinations

For SVJI Fact Sheets related to sexual assault medical-forensic exams click here.

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