Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner & Rape Kits

WCSAP Webpage
May, 2012

National Information

The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault survivors have access to a medical forensic exam free of charge, without reporting to law enforcement.

"The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 ("VAWA 2005"), 42 U.S.C. § 3796gg-4(d), provides that states may not 'require a victim of sexual assault to participate in the criminal justice…

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And Special Considerations for Youth Survivors
June, 2013

WCSAP often receives questions about providing medical advocacy for survivors of sexual assault. At what age can someone consent to a sexual assault forensic exam? How does billing work for the sexual assault forensic exam and follow-up medical services? What are the requirements for forensic exams in Washington? What reporting options are available to survivors when they present for an exam? Unfortunately, WCSAP is not always able to respond definitively to these questions because they…

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Sexual Assault Response Teams
January, 2005

This training video features interviews with survivors, victim advocates, forensic medical professionals, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors to acquaint viewers with the benefits of the multidisciplinary SART response.

  1. Sexual Violence
  2. Victim Advocacy
  3. Medical Issues: Exams
  4. Training Video
  5. Lawsuits
  6. Legal Issues
  • Author: Office for Victims of Crime Office for Victims of Crime
  • Publisher: Sexual…
Civil Legal System, SANE & Rape Kits
June, 2008

Turn on the television on any given day and you will likely happen across some crime drama programming like "Law & Order" or "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". These crime shows and others like them are highly popular and dominate the television lineup. The shows capture audiences by spinning intriguing mystery stories that are a blend of reality and fiction. In fact many of the "Law & Order" shows are advertised as being “ripped from the headlines”. They attempt to incorporate modern…

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