Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

The SWLA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Resource Team Program (SANE/SART) is a program funded by a Cooperative Endeavor initiated by the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and participating agencies.


The mission of the SWLA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program is to meet the needs of the sexual assault victim. The program will provide immediate, unbiased, compassionate, and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment by trained, professional nurse experts within the parameters of the State Nurse Practice Act, the SANE Standards of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and agreement with the participating multi-disciplinary agencies.


This program is geared toward victims of sexual assault in the need of a forensic evaluation and medical care. This care includes crisis intervention, evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, evaluation for the risk of pregnancy, documentation and intervention of injuries, as well as referral for follow up care and counseling. Ultimately our program will assure the victim entrance into support systems, and enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to obtain evidence and successfully prosecute offenders in sexual assault cases.