KCSDV’s Statewide SANE-SART Project

The goal of KCSDV’s Statewide SANE-SART Project is to improve trauma-informed and victim-centered medical and community system responses to sexual assault in Kansas. A “SANE” is a sexual assault nurse examiner. A “SART” is a sexual assault response team.

Main project objectives include:

  • Provide training opportunities
  • Increase access to resources in rural areas
  • Improve the overall capacity of hospital emergency departments
  • Provide expert advice (technical assistance) via email, phone, and in-person

KCSDV provides regular training opportunities for Kansas sexual assault nurse examiners and sexual assault response team members. The trainings include the 40-hour Adult/Adolescent SANE-SART Course and the 40-hour Pediatrics SANE Course. KCSDV also provides advanced training opportunities with national experts.

KCSDV makes sure to include rural areas in trainings. KCSDV project staff build relationships and partner with those located in rural areas. KCSDV strategically holds trainings in rural areas that might not otherwise have training opportunities. KCSDV project staff provide on-site technical assistance to Kansas communities.

KCSDV, Kansas SANEs, and other collaborative partners are striving to improve the overall capacity of hospital emergency departments statewide to serve victims and survivors of sexual assault. The goal of these efforts is to increase access to sexual assault exam services for victims and survivors in Kansas.

KCSDV also coordinates the Kansas SANE-SART list serve, which is an email database that any list serve member can utilized as a way to communicate with over 260 list serve members, who are SANE-SART professionals located across the state. KCSDV regularly distributes best practice information and upcoming training opportunities through a quarterly SANE newsletter and via the list serve.

KCSDV also publishes resources on sexual assault exams for both professionals and the general public.

Twenty-five hospitals in Kansas have SANE programs, some of which provide SANE services at multiple sites in the Kansas City Metro area. SANE services in Kansas are available at the designated locations on the map available at: https://www.kcsdv.org/find-help/in-kansas/sane/. Due to a lack of resources, many SANE programs are unable to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, any hospital emergency department in Kansas can provide emergency medical services or treatment.

For more information about the KCSDV Statewide SANE-SART Project or to schedule a training for your hospital emergency department, please contact KCSDV.

Newsletter (PDF)

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-AX-0021 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


Last Updated on Jul 22, 2020