THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services

The Office of the Attorney General actively commits to the end of sexual violence by improving and enhancing the quality of services for victims/survivors and by developing and providing interagency training and promoting multi-disciplinary collaboration. We invite our communities and the state to join us.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS) is a program of the Crime Victim Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General. Services offered by SAPCS include:

  • Funding and technical assistance to sexual assault programs and some special projects throughout the state;
  • Certifying Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs); and
  • Certifying sexual assault training programs.

The OAG is also mandated to develop the Texas Evidence Collection Protocol and the pseudonym form for survivors of sexual assault, family violence, and human trafficking who do not wish to reveal their identities.

If you have any questions, please contact the SAPCS program by email at: sapcs@texasattorneygeneral.gov.

Local Services for Survivors

If you have been sexually assaulted and are seeking help or information, you can contact your local sexual assault center for free and confidential services. The free services that are available at your local center include:

  • 24 hour crisis hotline
  • Crisis intervention
  • Hospital advocacy & accompaniment
  • Law enforcement advocacy & accompaniment
  • Legal advocacy & court accompaniment

To get in touch with your local sexual assault program you can call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). For more information about sexual assault awareness efforts in the state of Texas or for a listing of Texas sexual assault programs you can contact the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) at 512-474-7190.

Sexual Assault Training Program (SATP) Certification

The SATP program supports community efforts to address the crime of sexual assault by establishing minimum standards and certifying Sexual Assault Training Programs operated by Texas' Sexual Assault Programs.

The OAG offers SATP Certification to Sexual Assault Programs as defined by Texas Government Code 420 that:

  • operate a sexual assault training program;
  • and meet SATP Certification Requirements.

The OAG SATP Certification is multipurpose and includes but is not limited to preparing employees and volunteers of sexual assault programs to provide any of the minimum services as defined in the Texas Government Code Chapter 420 and specifically to satisfy the statutory requirement in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 56.045 which requires that prior to a medical forensic examination, the medical professional conducting the examination shall offer the victim the opportunity to have an advocate who has completed an OAG SATP present with the person during the examination.

Under Texas Government Code Chapter 420, minimum services include:

  • A 24-hour crisis hotline;
  • Crisis intervention;
  • Public education;
  • Advocacy; and
  • Accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement offices, prosecutors' offices, and courts.

Certification Information

Organizations seeking OAG SATP Certification should contact the SATP Program Administrator for the guide and forms to apply for an OAG SATP Certification.

OAG SATPs currently certified and seeking renewal should contact the SATP Program Administrator for additional information on recertification.

For information regarding SATP Certification contact the SATP Program Administrator by email at: sapcs@texasattorneygeneral.gov.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)

The SANE program supports community efforts to address the crime of sexual assault by establishing a process for accurate evidence collection and support for sexual assault survivors.

The Sexual Assault Prevention & Crisis Services program facilitates this process by:

  1. Offering technical assistance for communities in establishing SARTs, SANE programs and SANE training programs;
  2. Offering training to registered nurses (RN) on sexual assault medical forensic examinations;
  3. Certifying RNs who have completed the SANE Training Program; and
  4. Certifying Existing SANE Programs to be SANE Training Programs.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is an RN who has been specifically trained to:

  • Provide comprehensive care to sexual assault survivors;
  • Demonstrate currency of practice in the care and treatment of patients who present with a complaint of sexual assault or abuse;
  • Have the ability to provide effective courtroom testimony; and
  • Show compassion and sensitivity to survivors of sexual assault.

The OAG offers the following SANE certifications: Certified Adult/Adolescent SANE (CA-SANE) and Certified Pediatric SANE (CP-SANE). For CA-SANE Certification an applicant must demonstrate currency of practice in the care and treatment of adult and adolescent patients who present with a complaint of sexual assault or abuse. For CP-SANE Certification an applicant must demonstrate currency of practice in the care and treatment of pediatric patients who present with a complaint of sexual assault or abuse.

Individuals may apply for one or both of the Certifications. The OAG has published rules regarding the SANE Certification Program including minimum standards for Certification. (See Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Part 3, Chapter 62, Subchapter A).

Individuals interested in OAG SANE Certification must meet the minimum nursing qualifications - hold the appropriate nursing license and have nursing experience - and complete three core components - an OAG approved SANE Training Course, clinical requirements, and courtroom observation - within one year of starting the adult/adolescent class of the Training Course. Applicants must take the adult/adolescent class of the Training Course before the pediatric class to qualify for Certification. Training Courses must meet the specifications described in the OAG SANE Curriculum Requirements.

Certification Information

Individuals applying for OAG SANE Certification should refer to the OAG Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Application Guide for information regarding the application requirements and process.

Applicants must contact the OAG SANE Program Administrator for the required forms.

Individuals renewing a current OAG SANE Certification should refer to the OAG Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Renewal Application Guide for information regarding the application requirements and process.

Applicants must contact the OAG SANE Program Administrator for the required forms.

For information regarding OAG SANE Certification contact the OAG SANE Program Administrator by email at: sapcs@texasattorneygeneral.gov