JOYE E. FROST, DIRECTOR, OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: OVC released its first SANE Development and Operation Guide in 1999. There were only probably around 100 SANE programs, and since then, SANE programs have grown exponentially.
SHERONDA JORDAN, FORMER FORENSIC EXAMINER COORDINATOR, SOUTHERN ARIZONA CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT: For far too long, individuals have had to cope with the long-term health consequences of sexual violence without getting the support that they need. Each community can do better.
JOYE FROST: The intent of the guide is to take all the known vetted information, put it together in one place, and help people either develop their own SANE program or enhance an existing one.
SUSAN CHASSON, STATEWIDE COORDINATOR, UTAH COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT: Every nurse that goes through SANE training comes out with the capacity to give compassionate care, and that's the most important thing here.
JENNIFER PIERCE-WEEKS, INTERIM CEO, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC NURSES: Whether you're a SANE program or not, you actually have this online guide that has a lot of the resources that you need built right into it. Everything is there for you to change and make unique for your community. What's exciting about the SANE Guide is that it's going to be very accessible on the internet, it will be constantly updated with new resources, so it's not going to get old.
SHERONDA JORDAN: To have access to the most up-to-date program development guide--it'll make a huge difference.
DR. RALPH RIVIELLO, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, PHILADELPHIA SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE CENTER: If somebody wants to start a SANE program, I think the first thing is become educated. You have to know everything about how to run the program, and the new guide is going to be very helpful.
JOYE FROST: When a sexual assault victim feels safe, when they feel respected, it really is what I consider the very, very beginning of healing, and recovery, and taking control back over their lives. The goal is to ensure that any sexual assault patient of any age gets the highest standard of patient-centered care. That's what SANE programs do, and that's what we're trying to encourage.