Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program – Eastern Health

NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre Crisis Line: (709) 726-1411 or 1-800 726-2743 (toll-free)

SANE Coordinator Office: (709) 777-5865

Mandate:

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is a healthcare service provided to individuals who have been sexually assaulted. 

Target Population:

Males and females 16+

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

If you have been sexually assaulted and you visit the emergency department at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can be called to both support and examine you, 24/7.

With your consent, the nurse examiner will: ask questions about the assault; collect evidence with your permission; do a physical and pelvic or genital examination to look for injuries and collect specimens; provide you with resources for counselling services and provide clothing if you need it.. You have several choices and any choice you make will be respected and supported by the SANE nurse:

  • You can be examined carefully, given medical treatment and medications to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
  • You can be examined carefully, given medical treatment, medications to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and have evidence collected to be frozen up to one year if you don’t want to report the sexual assault immediately.
  • You can be examined carefully, given medical treatment for your injuries, medications to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and have evidence collected and given to the police immediately.

You DO NOT have to report to the police to access SANE services and the police DO NOT have to be present during the exam. 

You can call the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre for additional information, support and/or accompaniment to the hospital for the SANE examination.