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Up Against a WallRape Reform and the Failure of Success$
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Rose Corrigan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814707937

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814707937.001.0001

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Developing the Body of Evidence

Developing the Body of Evidence

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs

(p.117) Developing the Body of Evidence
Up Against a Wall

Rose Corrigan

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs aimed at improving post-rape medical care and forensic evidence collection. Despite compelling evidence indicating that SANE programs can and usually do improve individual victim experiences with medical care, they bring significant problems at an institutional level. SANE programs rely on a tight connection between medical, criminal justice, and rape care programs, permitting medical and law enforcement partners to define the goals of the program, often in ways that do not serve victim interests. Though often initiated by rape crisis centers (RCCs), these programs are vulnerable to co-optation by criminal justice actors who use them to justify tactics that delay, divert, and prevent the effective investigation and prosecution of rape cases.

Keywords:   sexual assault nurse examiner programs, SANE programs, post-rape medical care, forensic evidence collection

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