The CAC provides the space and equipment for trained SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) nurses to conduct non-acute (after 96 hours from assault) forensic medical evaluations of children. The children can return to a familiar and friendly place when a sexual assault exam is required for the investigation. The CAC works with registered nurses that have been trained through the Office of the Attorney General to perform SANE exams of both children and adults.
The purposes of a medical evaluation in suspected child abuse include: help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the child; diagnose, document, and address medical conditions that resulted or could have resulted from abuse; differentiate medical findings that are indicative of abuse from those which may be explained by other medical conditions; diagnose, document, and address medical conditions unrelated to abuse; document the overall appearance of the child; assess the child for any developmental, emotional, or behavioral problems needing further evaluation and treatment and, in coordination with the MDT, make referrals as necessary; and reassure and educate the child and non-offending caregiver/family members.
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has been specifically trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault patients and who demonstrates competency in conducting a forensic exam and the ability to be an expert witness.