Announcements & News

July 2005

Marshall host to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training

Marshall University is serving as host to a workshop providing training for sexual assault nurse examiners from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 at the MU Forensic Science Center.

Linda Ledray, PhD, RN, FAAN, SANE-A, a nationally recognized expert in sexual assault nurse examiner training, is conducting the workshop. Dr. Ledray developed a nursing-focused service-delivery model that provides responsive treatment for sexual assault survivors. She has taught nationally and internationally on sexual assault issues and has authored the book, “Recovering from Rape.”

The course offers a unique opportunity to registered nurses to become sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) by receiving specialized training in the complete assessment, evaluation and treatment of the adult sexual assault survivor. Participants are trained how to recognize, collect and preserve evidence, interview victims and link them to vital community resources for follow-up.

Other topics include the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), victim perspective/advocacy role, psychological impact, profiling the rapist, role of law enforcement, DNA, drug facilitated sexual assault, assessing physical trauma, and court testimony.

Upon completion of the course, a post-training clinical requirement must be completed according to the nurse’s scope of practice and guidelines of the training course.

The event is being sponsored by the Marshall University Forensic Science Center (through NIJ Cooperative Agreement #2001-RC-CX-K002) and the WV Foundation for Rape Information and Services, Inc. (through Violence Against Women Office, Office of OJP Grant No. 2002-VF-GX-0005 and 2003-SW-BX-0058, and the Division of Criminal Justice Services Drug and Violent Crime Control Grant #03-DC-32).