Law enforcement and medical professionals who have worked with sexual assault victims know that victims are often "victimized" again when they go to hospital emergency rooms for medical care and evidence collection. All too often, the nurses who perform the exams often lack training and experience in working with sexual assault victims and in preserving evidence.
The SANE program here in Westchester County has made a difference in the level of care provided to sexual assault victims. SANEs offer victims sophisticated care and comprehensive forensic evidence collection. Along with preserving the victim's dignity and the reduction of psychological trauma, SANE programs enhance evidence collection which leads to better prosecutions.
Listen to a Public Service Announcement that District Attorney Janet DiFiore has recorded or you may call Victims' Assistance Services at (914) 345-3113.