FORENSIC EXAMS

SANE is a qualification given to forensic nurses who have undergone proper training allowing them to effectively conduct a sexual assault forensic exam. Beyond their forensic capabilities, SANE's additionally offer empathy and compassion during a traumatic time for a victim of sexual assault and/or domestic violence.

SANE EXAM (SEXUAL ASSAULT)

  • SANE Forensic exams are FREE of charge per Wyoming state statute 6-2-309. 

  • You are not required to report the assault to the Police Department. 

  • You may choose to remain anonymous, where the exam will be conducted and you may choose to report your assault at a later time.

Each forensic exam is different, and the procedure can differ from person to person. Depending on the assault, the nurse will first discuss options with you to let you decide what parts of the exam you would like to occur. Each step of the procedure should be explained to you before it happens. You may opt-out of any of the procedures if you are uncomfortable with them. 

A full head-to-toe examination will take place to assess and document the assault. 

Types of evidence that may be collected:

  • Physical evidence – a collection of clothes worn at the time of the assault

  • Biological – blood, DNA and urine samples, swabs from any affected areas, trace specimens, pubic hair collection for comparison

  • Photographs – bruising, biting or scratch marks, or other traumatic injuries

Following the exam, you may receive preventative treatment for STD’s or emergency contraception. You will have access to shower facilities, toiletries, and a change of clothing.

fORENSIC eXAM (dOMESTIC vIOLENCE)

  • SAFE Project can help in paying for a DV Forensic Exam. 

  • You are not required to report the assault to the Police Department. 

  • You may choose to remain anonymous, where the exam will be conducted and you may choose to report your assault at a later time.

Each forensic exam is different, and the procedure can differ from person to person. Depending on the assault, the nurse will first discuss options with you to let you decide what parts of the exam you would like to occur. Each step of the procedure should be explained to you before it happens. You may opt-out of any of the procedures if you are uncomfortable with them. 

A full head-to-toe examination will take place to assess and document the assault. 

Types of evidence that may be collected:

  • Physical evidence – a collection of clothes worn at the time of the assault

  • Biological – blood, DNA and urine samples, swabs from any affected areas, trace specimens

  • Photographs – bruising, biting or scratch marks, or other traumatic injuries