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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at The Medical Center of Aurora strives to help victims of sexual assault begin the healing process. Since 2001, our SANE Program has provided care to victims of all ages, races and populations.

Located within the Emergency Department at The Medical Center of Aurora, SANE provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the only program of its kind in Arapahoe County.

Expert Staff

The SANE Program is staffed by registered nurses who have advanced education and instruction in medical-forensic examination and in psychological and emotional trauma. SANE nurses are available to speak to groups and organizations and may also provide expert testimony in a court of law.

Care Provided

Sexual assault is a frightening and traumatic experience. Our SANE nurses provide a safe, compassionate exam and empower the patient to determine their plan of care, including:

  • Emotional support
  • Preventive treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Emergency contraception
  • Physical examination and wellness check
  • Collection of medical-forensic evidence
  • Assistance with reporting the crime to police, when requested (mandatory reporting for children)
  • Assistance with concerns about sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy
  • Assistance with safety planning
  • Development of a medical follow-up plan 
  • Referrals

Follow-Up Care

After the exam, a SANE nurse will call the patient to discuss any lab test results and may refer the patient to professionals who can provide additional services. At The Medical Center of Aurora, we operate within the 18th Judicial District, which includes law enforcement agencies in four counties:

  • Arapahoe
  • Douglas
  • Elbert
  • Lincoln

We provide care for sexual assault victims in an exceptionally supportive environment. Additionally, we strive to help victims cope with a variety of issues. Evidence by our trained professional’s leads to an increase in prosecution rates and credible, neutral courtroom testimony.

Do I have to pay for evidence collection?

According to Colorado Statute C.R.S. 18-3-407.7, a victim shall have the right to have a forensic medical examination regardless of whether the victim participates in the criminal justice system or cooperates with law enforcement in pursuing prosecution of the underlying crime. A victim shall not be required to pay, directly or indirectly, for the cost of a forensic medical examination. The cost of a forensic medical examination shall be paid for by the Division of Criminal Justice in the department of Public Safety.

Funding for the SANE Program

The SANE program is a community effort that is financially supported by:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Denver Center for Crime Victims
  • Rape Assistance and Awareness Program
  • SafeHouse Denver
  • The Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center
  • Gateway Battered Women's Services
  • Alternatives to Family Violence
  • Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities
  • Blue Bench 
  • Brandon Center

For more information, please call (303) 671-4945.