Sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) program

The SANE program at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) strives to help victims of sexual assault begin the healing process. Since 2001, SANE has provided care to victims of all ages, races and populations in Arapahoe County.

Located within the ER at TMCA, SANE provides care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staff consists of registered nurses with advanced education and instruction in medical-forensic examination and in psychological and emotional trauma. SANE nurses are also available to speak to groups and organizations and provide expert testimony in a court of law. 

To learn more about the SANE program, call (303) 671-4945.

SANE care

Our nurses offer a safe, compassionate program and empower the patient to determine their plan of care, which can include:

  • 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 TMCA, we operate within the 18th Judicial District, which includes law enforcement agencies in four counties: Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln. Evidence by our trained professionals leads to an increase in prosecution rates and credible, neutral courtroom testimony. A victim is not required to pay, directly or indirectly for the cost of the examination. The cost is covered by the Division of Criminal Justice in the Public Safety department.

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

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.