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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

(SANE)

 

SANEs are part of a team of professionals from the community known as the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). SART is a multi-disciplinary approach that coordinates medical, advocacy and criminal justice services to victims of sexual assault.

What To Do If You Think You Have Been Drugged and/or Sexually Assaulted?
If you or a friend feels dizzy, confused, or have other sudden, unexplained symptoms after drinking beverage, call a family member, friend, the police, a doctor, or 9-1-1 to get help.

Here are the steps you should take:
*Get to a safe place and call the Safe Shelter (701-251-2300) or Law enforcement (9-1-1 or 701-252-1000) for information or support.

*You should not eat, go to the bathroom, shower, bathe, douche, change clothes, or straighten up the area until medical and legal evidence is collected because these actions will destroy evidence. If you want to report the incident, call the police.

*Have a SANE exam to have evidence collected as soon as possible.

*Request a urine test to detect the presence of sedating substances as quickly as possible. Every hour matters. The chance of getting proof is best when the sample is obtained soon after the substance has been ingested, but the test can be reliable even on a sample obtained 72 hours later.

How is SART activated?
When a sexual assault victim presents to Law Enforcement, Central Valley Health District, Safe Shelter, or the Jamestown Hospital Emergency Room, the appropriate phone calls will be made to activate members of the team.