Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Project

The DOH was awarded the OVW Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Grant. This grant is for a three year grant period (Oct 2018-Sept 2021). The primary contractor for the work on this grant will be The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. Some key components of the grant’s 3 year work plan are:

  • Annual clinical training and quarterly workshops for SANE nurses and law enforcement, specifically for those in rural counties in SD
  • A master file of all materials contained in the sexual assault kits, how many kits are ordered, and when/who receives them will be created, as well as an evaluation of the use of these kits.
  • Establish and implement protocols for a toll-free help line for questions regarding the usage of kits
  • Facilitate and design training content for use of pediatric sexual assault exam kits
  • Create and maintain a master roster for training collaborative purposes, tracking SANE trained individuals and their pursuit/completion of certifications.
  • Create and coordinate the Nursing Scholars Program application process through the USD School of Nursing.
  • Create and maintain an online learning collaborative.

The South Dakota’s first pediatric sexual assault kits were presented at the 18th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse conference in Sioux Falls, October 4 & 5. Child’s Voice led the presentation on the kits as well as description on how to effectively utilize these kits. Through materials developed from the OVW grant, these kits will be prepared to be sent out to all counties in South Dakota by early 2019.