The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
Orange Regional Medical Center
707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) program at Orange Regional is a collaborative project with the Mental Health Association in Orange County and the District Attorney of Orange County.
This program offers victims of rape or sexual assault immediate help. This means that any rape or sexual assault victim who comes to the Orange Regional Medical Center Emergency Department at any time, day or night, will be cared for immediately by a specially trained nurse examiner.
The S.A.N.E. Team consists of compassionate professionals who have undergone specific instruction in how to treat and care for sexual assault survivors, special training in how to collect and preserve physical evidence and in providing expert testimony when the case goes to court.
Ultimately, the purpose of S.A.N.E. is to ensure that rape victims will be treated properly and appropriately. And then, importantly for the whole of the community, to insure that sexual assault offenders are tried and convicted.
If you have questions, or would like to receive the informative brochure, "What To Do When Someone You Love Is Raped Or Sexually Assaulted", please call the Rape Crisis Hotline of the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. at 845-294-9355 or 1-800-832-1200.
What is a forensic exam?
After sexual assault and upon arrival at Orange Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department, the survivor is seen by Emergency Department staff and assessed for emergency medical services. The rape crisis advocate and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) are then called. The survivor is escorted to a comfortable, private room that has been designated for the S.A.N.E. program.
The rape crisis advocate will be available to the victim throughout the comprehensive collection of forensic evidence.
Who pays for the exam?
If a survivor has no insurance, a rape crisis center advocate will supply her or him with an application to the Crime Victims' Compensation Board. Orange Regional Medical Center also offers assistance for survivors who cannot otherwise pay. The S.A.N.E. program is partially funded through a grant provided by the New York State Criminal Justice Services, with additional funding from the Orange County Government, Orange Regional Medical Center and the United Way of Orange County.
Does a survivor have to report the assault to police?
No. The advocate and nurse examiner will support any choice the survivor makes. Survivors who are uncertain can proceed with the sexual assault nurse exam and the evidence can be held in a locked refrigerator for up to 30 days, allowing additional time for the survivor to make the decision that is right for her or him.
This project was supported by a grant administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Division of Criminal Justice Services.