For Medical Providers
Not every sexual assault survivor sustains physical injury, such as cuts and bruises. In fact, it is really common for survivors not to have any visible injury. However, the absence of a physical injury does not mean a patient wasn’t a victim of a sexual assault. It also doesn’t mean they shouldn’t seek medical care. Many survivors will want to seek medical care for peace of mind, and many will do so not knowing their options for reporting or their options for payment of medical care.
There are specialized programs in the State of Colorado called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) programs. These programs employ forensic nurses who receive specialized and extensive training in trauma, working with sexual assault survivors, the requirements of evidence collection, and how to provide expert testimony. We strongly encourage you to refer patients to a SANE or FNE program if they seek medical care at a facility that does not have such a program.