SANE nurses provide prompt, compassionate emergency care to adults, teens and children who have been sexually assaulted. This service is available 24/7 and there is no charge to the victim for this care.
Kitsap County’s SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) is located at Harrison Bremerton.
What happens during a SANE exam?
Exams include an interview and a physical exam. SANE nurses are trained to support victims of sexual assault, and ultimately what happens during the exam is your choice. Each step of the process will be discussed with you and you may refuse any portion of the exam if you wish.
What does the SANE nurse do?
- Identify physical trauma and psychological needs
- Ensure that victims receive appropriate medical care
- Gather vital medical evidence, documenting injuries and other forensic information
What other ways can a SANE nurse help me?
- Risk assessment for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
- Forensic exams for medical, legal and child welfare professionals
- Expert witness testimony as needed
- Schedule medical exams from non-acute sexual assault
- Can be seen in Emergency Department before or after exam
How do I get a SANE exam?
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted within the past five days, call or visit the Harrison Hospital Emergency Department at 360-744-6710. Ask for the department Social Worker or Charge Nurse.
To schedule an appointment for an exam or to leave a non-urgent message, call the SANE office at 360-744-6617. If you get the SANE voicemail and you need to talk to someone immediately, please call the Emergency Department.
If you’re not comfortable making this call, or unsure whether your situation is an emergency, call the Sexual Assault hotline and we will be happy to assist you.
Can a friend or family member accompany me?
Absolutely. The SANE nurse will also call for an advocate to meet you at the hospital. You may decide whether the advocate and any supporters who came with you to the hospital are present during your exam.