A SANE is a registered nurse who has been specially trained to provide immediate, compassionate and comprehensive care to sexual assault victims, including forensic collection of evidence.

Kristi Kranz, the SANE program coordinator for the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, said the state of South Dakota, like most of the country, suffers from a lack of trained SANEs.

“South Dakota currently does not have statewide educational standards for healthcare providers performing sexual assault forensic exams,” Kranz said. “The mission of the SANE Program is to coordinate resources and provide education for healthcare professionals across the state in order to improve the access and delivery of services to all victims of sexual assault.”

The two-day program will increase a nurse’s skill and confidence with performing examinations on adult and adolescent sexual assault patients through hands-on training with live models. Kranz said the USD Simulation Lab, with its five exam rooms, is essential to the training as participants can rotate throughout the day and learn from several statewide trainers and models.

“We must ensure victims of sexual assault in our state have local access to a medical professional both trained and comfortable carrying out the forensic evidence exam with regard to the rights and emotions of the victim,” said Kranz.

Participants must have completed the 40-hour IAFN-approved didactic training prior to attending the Clinical Skills Lab.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment is associated with the School of Health Sciences. With the partnership of South Dakota Department of Health, this training is supported by Grant Number 2018-WR-AX-0014 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Its content is solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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