Sexual violence has profound and long-term impacts on the physical health of survivors. Comprehensive medical advocacy extends beyond the immediate medical needs of survivors after sexual violence and into long-term health needs. The resources below will help your program envision medical advocacy that can meet all of the healthcare needs of survivors of sexual violence.
Healing the Body: Exploring Comprehensive Medical Advocacy, Resource Sharing Project
Trauma is stored in the mind and the body. Advocacy programs exist to work in partnership with survivors as they find ways to heal both mind and body. Alongside survivors and healthcare providers who have been educated about sexual violence, our advocacy programs can explore trauma informed ways to meet the long term medical needs of survivors of sexual violence. Through support, education, and exploration we can be the bridge between survivors of sexual violence and rural medical professionals.
TA Bulletin: Engaging Your Rural Healthcare Provider, International Association of Forensic Nurses
This brief resource was created in conjunction with the webinar “Engaging Your Rural Healthcare Provider” and recaps the highlights of the webinar and includes talking points to use when forming a relationship with your local emergency department.
SANE 365, International Association of Forensic Nurses
This collection of resources was created to assist communities in building a SANE program that can operate year round. SANE 365 includes a development guide, resources for financing a program, information on creating a sustainable program, sample SANE job descriptions, and more.
Sexual Violence and HIV: A Technical Assistance Guide for Victim Service Providers, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide provides information on the prevalence of sexual violence and HIV, types of available HIV testing and treatment, benefits and risks of such testing and treatment, victims’ possible fears surrounding HIV, sexual offender testing, and steps victim service professionals can take to meet the needs of sexual violence victims.
SANE Program Development and Operation Guide, International Association of Forensic Nurses
This guide provides a blueprint for nurses and communities that would like to start a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. For communities with existing SANE programs, the guide serves as a resource to help expand or enhance services provided to the community.
SANE Program Succession Planning Worksheet, International Association of Forensic Nurses
This worksheet was created to help SANE program managers develop succession plans. This resource outlines each step of the creation and maintenance of a SANE program.
This resource is an educational site for healthcare providers and their partners who are working with Native American and Alaska Native patients. There host an online SANE training for adult/adolescent and pediatric and provide webinars on a wide range of topics that are applicable for the care and response to patients. The education on the site is all free- you just have to register on the site for access.
Survivors of sexual assault often have limited access to specialized sexual assault services- and this can be especially true in rural areas. Advocacy programs in rural areas are often faced with challenges when their hospitals or clinics turn survivors away and/or send them to other facilities where there may be SANE services. In many cases programs are unable to convince the hospital to care for survivors locally or find hospitals unwilling to create SANE programs due to limited capacity to provide those services. Join Kim Day from the International Association of Forensic Nurses for this webinar which provides information on the importance of healthcare access after sexual assault, the obligations of healthcare facilities to provide that care, and talking points to use when working with healthcare providers in rural areas.