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Partners and Stakeholders

Support for developing a SANE program can come from many sources within a community. Stakeholders may be identified geographically, organizationally, or by their service to sexual assault victims/patients in your community. Stakeholders may be involved at various phases of the program development process. Partners are those who are directly involved in the decisionmaking process for program development and may be called a Task Force, Development Team, or SANE Development Partners. The partners are usually medical, law enforcement, prosecution, and advocacy, and they may eventually become part of the multidisciplinary team response. Each of these partners will be involved in program planning, startup, and subsequent protocol development. There are steps you can take to identify those who will champion the program throughout the development process.


One of the first steps in program development planning is identifying stakeholders. There are two groups of stakeholders to consider involving. The first group includes organizations that will have direct contact with sexual assault survivors. A second group of stakeholders are community members who may be in a position to help SANE program development by providing financial resources, political support, or other types of goods and services used by the program. Stakeholders may be impacted directly or indirectly by the implementation of a SANE program and may participate in the needs assessment process that follows. 

Stakeholders will be unique to each community. Some groups to consider as stakeholders will have direct contact with survivors. 

Direct Service Providers

  • ED nursing staff
  • Hospital medical staff
  • Law enforcement
  • Community-based service providers
  • Sexual assault victim service providers
  • Hospitals
  • Health care providers in the community
  • Prosecution
  • Criminal laboratories
  • Tribal elders
  • Tribal council members
  • Faith-based community groups
  • Advocacy groups
  • Community-based advocates
  • System-based advocates

Key Community Members 

  • Government officials, policymakers, tribal councilmembers
  • Media professionals
  • Business leaders
  • Community-based organization leaders
  • Researchers
  • Funders


Partners are those who will be working alongside the primary agency that is spearheading the SANE program development process. Suggested partners include—