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.
on this page:Local Services for Survivors Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
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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 advocate 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 at 512-936-1270 or email@example.com.
Local Services for SurvivorsIf 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 center 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 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:
- Offering technical assistance for communities in establishing SARTs, SANE programs and SANE training programs;
- Offering training to registered nurses (RN) on sexual assault medical forensic examinations;
- Certifying RNS who have completed the SANE Training Program; and
- 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 becoming an OAG SANE 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.
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 use the following guide and forms to apply for an OAG SANE Certification:
- OAG Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Application Guide
- SANE Certification Application
- SANE Clinical Requirements Form
- SANE Courtroom Observation Form
- SANE Verification Form
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 use the following guide and forms to renew an OAG SANE Certification:
- OAG Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Renewal Application Guide
- SANE Renewal Application
- SANE Case Review Form
- SANE Continuing Education Form
- SANE Renewal Clinical Requirements Form
- SANE Renewal Verification Form
For information regarding SANE Certification contact the SANE Program Administrator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org