Skip to main content
Close

Sexual Assault Education & Training

Provincial Health Care Initiative

SAS's next Sexual Assault Examiner training at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre will be Nov 22-24, 2017.  Registration is now full.

Join the BC Women’s Hospital Sexual Assault Service and the BC Ministry of Justice for a one-day education session Nov 9, 2017.  

If you are a sexual assault examiner likely to be called to the stand, and would like more information on preparing and presenting in Court, this free update is for you. For information and the day's agenda click on the link SAS education day Nov 9 2017.pdf



About

SAS helps communities throughout B.C. improve their capacity to respond to sexual assault by: 
  • Sharing resources with health care providers
  • Consulting in the development of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and physician-based sexual assault programs.
  • Implementation of Decision Support Tools (DST) for SANE care of Sexual assault Patients.
  • Delivering a provincial SAE training program for nurses and physicians. 
  • Training health care providers to care for sexual assault survivors in a hospital setting.
  • Promoting an integrated model of care that supports partnerships across and between the disciplines of health, justice, and community, including those specializing in services for Aboriginal, youth, and newcomer populations.
Examiner

Sexual Assualt Examiner Training

Sexual Assualt Examiner training includes a series of online modules as well as a 3 day in-person training session at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver.  

This comprehensive training includes presentations from the RCMP Forensic Lab, Crown Counsel, and police, as well as current practice for health care and forensic examination of the sexual assault patient. It is open to both RNs and physicians.

Cost is $25 for the training alone. Sexual assault speculum exam training with clinical teaching associates will be available at an added cost of $225. 

Registration fees, including speculum exam training fees, are non-refundable. 

Speculum exam training is oriented towards nurses who have no or minimal experience with speculum exams. There are limited spaces for this training, register early to secure a spot. 

The SAE Training Curriculum

  • Philosophy of patient-centred care
  • The social context of sexual assault
  • Medical-legal options of care
  • Obtaining informed consent
  • Gathering patient medical and assault history
  • Physical assessment
  • Prophylactic medications for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy prevention
  • Documentation of injuries
  • Forensic sample collection
  • Genital examination
  • Drug-facilitated sexual assault
  • Cultural diversity issues
  • Youth
  • Writing a forensic report
  • Testifying in court
Nurse Examiner

SANE - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

A SANE is a nurse who is specially trained to provide comprehensive and sensitive health care for survivors of sexual assault. 

The SANE is trained in all aspects of the sexual assault examination, including provision of emotional support, physical assessment, documentation of injuries, forensic sample collection, provision of medications, writing a medical-legal report and testifying in court. The SANE works closely with community-based sexual assault centre staff, police, and emergency department staff. 

Becoming a SANE

SANE training includes a series of online modules as well as a 3 day in-person training session at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver.  


This comprehensive training includes presentations from the RCMP Forensic Lab, Crown Counsel, and police, as well as current practice for health care and forensic examination of the sexual assault patient. It is open to both RNs and physicians.

Cost is $25 for the training alone. Sexual assault speculum exam training with clinical teaching associates is available at an added cost of $225. 

Registration fees, including speculum exam training fees, are non-refundable. 

Speculum exam training is oriented towards nurses who have no or minimal experience with speculum exams. There are limited spaces for this training, register early to secure your spot. 

The SAE Training Curriculum

  • Philosophy of patient-centred care
  • The social context of sexual assault
  • Medical-legal options of care
  • Obtaining informed consent
  • Gathering patient medical and assault history
  • Physical assessment
  • Prophylactic medications for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy prevention
  • Documentation of injuries
  • Forensic sample collection
  • Genital examination
  • Drug-facilitated sexual assault
  • Cultural diversity issues
  • Youth
  • Writing a forensic report
  • Testifying in court
Tab Heading
SOURCE: Sexual Assault Education & Training ( )
Page printed: . Unofficial document if printed. Please refer to SOURCE for latest information.

Copyright © BC Women's Hospital. All Rights Reserved.

    Copyright © 2017 Provincial Health Services Authority.