The Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC) identified SANE/SART as a potential initiative in their 2001 NIJ Grant Proposal. As a neutral party, the MUFSC relied on its strong relationships with law enforcement, the medical community and the criminal justice system to organize community meetings which led to the development of the Cabell County Sexual Assault Task Force in June 2003. One projected goal of the Task Force is to develop a county specific protocol which takes into account Huntington’s unique situation of being a rural community which includes a university system.
In conjunction with the Task Force and WV FRIS, MUFSC hosted a Sexual Assault Response Training for Healthcare and Law Enforcement for the local community in October 2003. Eighty-five individuals attended the training.
To maintain a relationship with the victim advocate community, a Marshall University Forensic Science Center employee works with the local rape crisis center which provides sexual assault awareness and offers volunteer victim advocates in cases of sexual assault.
Promoting SANE in West Virginia
In addition to advancing SART development, the Marshall University Forensic Science Center has promoted the SANE agenda at the state and local level by maintaining a close working relationship with the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, Inc. (WV FRIS), a network for the sexual assault service providers in the state of West Virginia.
As a part of this interaction with WV FRIS, Marshall University Forensic Science Center personnel serve on the WV SANE Advisory Board. The MUFSC IT department participates in the SANE initiative by developing a website to provide information to victims and service providers as well as providing a web-based application to track and evaluate evidence from sexual assault kits from collection to evidence processing at the state crime lab.
As part of its support of the SANE agenda, the MUFSC also sponsored a SANE Training for 15 local nurses in May 2004. The 40-hour didactic training was geared towards the Registered Nurse. The training was designed to provide a comprehensive education program in the complete assessment, evaluation and treatment of the adult sexual assault survivor. The training met the requirements for 40 contact hours of continuing education for Registered Professional Nurses and met the educational guidelines of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
Dr. Linda E. Ledray, PHD, RN, FAAN, SANE-A conducted the SANE Training. Dr. Ledray developed the Sexual Assault Resource Service in Minneapolis in 1977 and has been the director since its establishment. One of Dr. Ledray’s greatest accomplishments is a nursing focused service delivery model that provides responsive treatment for sexual assault survivors. There are currently more than 120 functioning SANE programs across the country. Dr. Ledray has taught nationally and internationally on sexual assault issues and has authored the book "Recovering From Rape."