Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Help for victims of sexual assault

Through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, the only one of its kind in our area, Freeman doctors and nurses offer free forensic exams and compassionate care to adult female and male sexual assault victims at the Freeman Hospital West Emergency Room in Joplin. The program provides a coordinated hospital response and comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence.

We understand the seriousness of sexual crimes, and treat our patients with the sensitivity they deserve. With the SANE program, we help fight sexual violence in the community by working with area agencies to:

  • Ensure the safety of the victim and the victim’s children
  • Provide medical care and advocacy services
  • Offer the choice to have a free evidence collection exam
  • Help the victim report the crime to law enforcement, if the victim chooses
  • Make referrals to other helpful services

Through a partnership with Lafayette House, the program also offers emergency shelter and services. Additionally, the SANE program provides community education on sexual violence awareness, prevention and available services.

How it works

To receive SANE program services, adult (age 18 or older) sexual assault victims must visit Emergency Room within five days of the assault. A specially trained nurse, called a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or SANE, is part of the SANE program team providing care, compassion and treatment to sexual assault victims. If the victim chooses, the SANE helps to report the crime and/or collects evidence of the sexual assault. The SANE program team offers support and help throughout the legal process if the victim chooses to press charges.

Sexual assault victims under the age of 18 should visit Children's Center.

Have you been sexually assaulted? Get information and resources for victims of sexual assault.

Freeman Emergency Room - Freeman Hospital

West 1102 West 32nd Street
Joplin, Missouri

Freeman SANE Program

417.347.SANE (7263)

Lafayette House