SANE Program


The SANE program allows survivors of sexual violence to receive specialized care by Registered Nurses who have advanced education and clinical preparation in forensic examination of sexual assault victims. In order to ensure comprehensive care and support, SANE exams are provided through a joint response of both the SANE nurse, and a Victim Advocate from the Family Violence Prevention Program. This project was pursued in an effort to increase the Nation’s effort to provide comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence. We are also presently working with local law enforcement agencies to ensure the most victim support available.



The examination is free and confidential! A sexual assault- medical-forensic examination is performed by specially trained medical professionals 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.  Adults do not have to file a police report to receive free medical care following a sexual assault. Every step of the exam is consensual, on your part, so you may stop or refuse services at any time during the exam. The medical well-being of the patient is the primary objective of the SANE at all times during the examination.



The MCNDH SANE Program currently serves post-pubescent adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault for free, regardless of race or ethnicity, at two medical center locations. They are Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center, located at 1401 Morris Dr. in Okmulgee, and the Creek Nation Community Hospital located at 309 N. 14th St. in Okemah. On-call sexual assault nurse examiners are available to respond to either location 24/7.

For more information, please feel free to contact the SANE Program Manager, Vanessa Phillips at    and/or by calling (918) 756-4322 and/or Family Violence Prevention Program office 24/7 at (918) 732-7979.


  1. Contact your local law enforcement agency to report the rape and law enforcement will make arrangements for the exam. If possible refrain from bathing/washing up, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and changing clothes, in order to help preserve evidence. An exam can still be conducted, regardless of these factors.
  2. If you do not wish to report the rape to law enforcement, call the 24 hour SANE hotline at (918)732-7979.
  3. Contact one of the Oklahoma Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Services/Locations in your area.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center Okmulgee Okmulgee  (918) 758-5114
Creek Nation Community Hospital Okfuskee Okemah  (918) 758-5114
Ada Care Cottage Pontotoc Ada (580) 332-6677
Jackson County Memorial Hospital Jackson Altus (580) 379-5000
C-Sara Carter Ardmore (580) 226-7283
Ray of Hope Washington Bartlesville (918) 337-6177
Jane Phillips Medical Center Washington Bartlesville (918) 333-7200
Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital Caddo Carnegie (580) 654-1050
Grady County Memorial Hospital Grady Chickasha (405) 224-2300
Duncan Regional Hospital Stephens Duncan (580) 252-5300
Great Plains Regional Medical Center Beckham Elk City (580) 225-2511
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Garfield Enid (580) 249-5870
Memorial County of Texas County Texas Guymon (580) 338-6515
Choctaw Memorial Hospital Choctaw Hugo (580) 317-9500
McCurtain Memorial Hospital McCurtain Idabel (580) 286-7623
Comanche County Memorial Hospital Comanche Lawton (580) 585-5523
PC Care Pittsburgh McAlester (918) 420-2273
Kids Space Muskogee Muskogee (918) 682-3841
Women’s Resource Center Cleveland Norman (405) 364-9424
YWCA Oklahoma Oklahoma City (405) 948-1770
The C.A.R.E. Center Oklahoma Oklahoma City (405) 236-2100
Pauls Valley General Hospital Garvin Pauls Valley (405) 238-5501
The Dearing House Kay Ponca City (580) 762-5266
Leflore County Child Advocacy Network Leflore Poteau (918) 647-3814
Sequoyah Memorial Hospital Sequoyah Sallisaw (918) 774-1100
Sayre Memorial Hospital Beckham Sayre (580) 928-5541
Unzner Child Advocacy Center Pottowatomie Shawnee (405) 878-9597
Stillwater Medical Center Payne Stillwater (405) 372-1480
Adair Co. Care Center-Memorial Hospital Adair Stillwell (918) 696-3101
Tahlequah City Hospital Cherokee Tahlequah (918) 456-0641
Choctaw Nation Hospital Leflore Talihina (918) 567-7000
Hillcrest Medical Center Tulsa Tulsa (918) 744-7273
Wagoner Community Hospital Wagoner Wagoner (918) 485-5514
Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Pontotoc Ada (580) 436-3980

What is a SANE?

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is an RN who has been specifically trained to:

  1. Provide comprehensive care to sexual assault patients;
  2. Demonstrate competency in conducting a medical forensic exam to include evaluation for evidence collection;
  3. Have the expertise to provide effective courtroom testimony; and
  4. Show compassion and sensitivity to survivors of sexual assault.

Will the sexual assault medical forensic exam “prove” I have been sexually assaulted?

The presence or absence of physical evidence does not prove whether a person has been sexually assaulted.  Rather, the examination may provide supportive evidence to be used during legal proceedings.  A SANE examination is one piece of information in a community effort by healthcare, advocates, local law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute a reported case of sexual assault.

Are sexual assault medical forensic exams performed on adults and children?

Yes. Many of the evidence collection issues apply equally to adult and child survivors of sexual assault/abuse. However, there are particular issues regarding the interviewing and medical examination needs of children that differ from those of adults.

What happens during a sexual assault medical forensic exam?

Once consent is obtained from the patient, a medical history is taken by the SANE to determine injuries and appropriate medical treatment for the patient. The next step is a head-to-toe examination, including the genital area, in order for the SANE to document trauma to any part of the body. Last, a collection of forensic evidence is done using a sexual assault evidence kit.

Does a SANE treat injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, cuts requiring stitches, etc.?

No. A SANE will refer the sexual assault victim/survivor to an emergency room.

How does a SANE program benefit a sexual assault survivor?

It is vital to a victim’s recovery to be treated properly while the evidence is collected. It is also vital to the survivor’s recovery and the prosecution of the offender that forensic evidence be properly collected.

It has been noted that survivors heal faster when treated properly by someone who is trained to be a sexual assault examiner. In addition, victims are more likely to follow through with the prosecution of criminal cases when they have received compassionate treatment from the same caregivers throughout the exam.

How does a SANE Program benefit a community?

With accurate evidence collection and more prosecutions, more sexual assault felons will be incarcerated rather than offending more victims, thus making for a healthier community. The message that a survivor receives when a SANE program is developed is: Sexual assault is a problem for the entire community, not just victims and local sexual assault programs.

The mental health and physical well-being of sexual assault victims are important to the community. Support for professionals to receive special training to learn how to properly collect forensic evidence is important to community leaders to ensure a higher conviction rate of sex offenders. In addition, support is provided to ensure a SANE Program continues.