WHAT IS A FORENSIC MEDICAL EXAM?
A forensic medical examination is performed by specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) for the purpose of evaluation and treatment of trauma, treatment of possible exposure to infection, referral to counseling and follow-up medical care, and for the collection of evidence following a report of sexual assault by a victim. The medical well-being of the patient is the primary objective of the SANE at all times during the examination.
WHO PERFORMS THE EXAM?
Forensic medical exams are performed by nurses who are specifically trained to:
- Provide comprehensive care to patients who are victims of sexual assault, physical abuse or neglect
- Demonstrate competency in conducting a medical forensic exam to include evaluation for evidence collection
- Have the expertise to provide effective courtroom testimony
- Show compassion and sensitivity to children victimized by abuse or neglect