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What is a SANE/SART?

If you have been recently sexually assaulted and decide to complete a rape kit, you may hear the terms SANE or SART. These are important resources to know about if following a sexual assault you are seeking any sort of medical attention or if you are considering reporting the crime. It is important to note that these services may or may not be available in your local area. To find out, please contact your local crisis center.

Who is a SANE?

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse who has received special training so that s/he can provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims. In addition s/he is able to conduct a forensic exam and may provide expert testimony if a case goes to trial.

What is SART?

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a community-based team that coordinates the response to victims of sexual assault. The team may be comprised of SANE's, hospital personnel, sexual assault victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and any other professionals with a specific interest in assisting victims of sexual assault.