SANE Unit at EWP
A SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) is the medical professional who completes a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) following a sexual assault. These exams and the evidence collected are commonly referred to as rape kits, but use of that term can be triggering for a survivor. The SAFE procedure is completed by a certified SANE Registered Nurse (RN), and can take anywhere from two hours to four hours to complete. In Muskegon County currently, SAFE procedures are completed at Trinity Health’s ER, an environment which can be overwhelming, stressful, and further triggering for the survivor.
With a SANE Unit in our building, EWP will provide survivors post-assault medications, post-exam care packages, resource literature and advocate support. We intend to be the single source of care and support for all survivors of sexual or domestic violence. Our promise to them and to this community is to respond to trauma and to restore a life after violence. Any service that gives comforting care and helps restore a victim’s sense of self belongs with EWP.