WHAT IS THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER (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.
WHAT IS A SANE EXAM?
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.
WHO DOES THE SANE PROGRAM SERVE?
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, LaResa Williams at LaResa.Williams@creekhealth.org and/or by calling (918) 758-3140 and/or Family Violence Prevention Program office 24/7 at (918) 732-7979.
HOW DO I REQUEST A SANE EXAM?
- 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.
- If you do not wish to report the rape to law enforcement, call the 24 hour SANE hotline at (918)732-7979.
- 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|
|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:
- Provide comprehensive care to sexual assault patients;
- Demonstrate competency in conducting a medical forensic exam to include evaluation for evidence collection;
- Have the expertise to provide effective courtroom testimony; and
- 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.