Who we are and what we do!

Our Mission:

To provide the victims of sexual assault in the Northern California Counties of Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Lake, the 24-hour-a-day availability of a Professional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner(SANE).

To guarantee the availability and use of state-of-the-art sexual assault examination equipment.

To provide ongoing professional development for our SANEs.

To outreach, increase awareness and provide relevant education in the communities we serve.

To create partnerships internationally with non-profit organizations that support sexual assault justice.

“We strive to uphold the balance of Truth and Justice that forensic expertise brings to the victims and survivors of sexual assault.”

Lisa Lewis-Javar Executive Director of SANE SART.


WE operate as one agency of the three-part Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to provide 24-hour-a-day nursing services to sexual assault victims by performing forensic medical exams and offering expert testimony to the judicial system.

Napa, Marin, Solano, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma County police agencies, including military law enforcement officers at Travis Airforce Base, initiate the SART Team. After responding to a reported sexual assault, police officers call our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners to assist in the investigation.

The Judicial System relies on forensic exam evidence to file and successfully prosecute sexual offenders. Our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are on call 24-hours-a-day to respond to law enforcement agency requests for sexual assault exams. They may be called to any one of four hospital-based exam facilities and are trained to collect and preserve forensic evidence. SANEs are also available to testify in court.

Two other agencies complete the SANE/SART team: Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS), in Napa County, and SafeQuest in Solano County. These agencies respond immediately to provide emotional support to the victim at the time of the exam. They provide advocacy, counseling and support throughout the criminal justice process.


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“WE DO NOT regularly endorse candidates for political office. We much prefer the low profile nature of the forensic work we do, but in this case we are making an exception.”

Lisa Lewis-Javar, Executive Director of SANE SART

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of SANE SART Napa, Marin and Solano proudly endorse Attorney Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney! She is a fearless and tireless advocate for Justice for victims of Sexual Crimes.

From Abrams4DA.com: In an unprecedented show of unity, Solano County law enforcement associations held a joint press conference today (April 4th, 2014) where they enthusiastically announced they have endorsed Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney. “We believe that Ms. Abrams is and will be responsive to the needs to the community and when she is elected to office, she will protect the citizens of Solano County by vigorously prosecuting criminals who prey on our citizens.”

The agencies involved in the joint endorsement include: Benicia Police Officers Association, Dixon Police Officers Association, Fairfield Police Officers Association, Rio Vista Police Officers Association, Solano County Sheriffs Custody Association, Solano County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Solano County Law Enforcement Management Association, Solano Probation Peace Officer Association, Suisun City Police Officers Association, Vacaville Police Management Association

According to law enforcement representatives, the agencies held a candidate forum and listened, “to both candidates and after much thought and consideration a decision was made as to whom to support for the Office of District Attorney.” Making the endorsement even more notable is the fact that several of the agencies withdrew their endorsement of the incumbent in order to endorse Ms. Abrams.

Did You Know?

Solano County has yet to elect a Woman to this office.

Solano County District Attorney’s since 1850

1850-1850   R. A. Maupin
1850-1850   C. Gillis
1850-1851   J. D. Bristol
1851-1853     Thomas M. Swan
1853-1855     Lyman Leslie
1855-1857     Pendleton Colston
1857-1859     James H. Thompson
1859-1861     William Erving
1861-1863     J. C. Hinckly
1863-1865     John Doughty
1865-1869     Joseph McKenna
(later, US Attorney General & Justice,
US Supreme Court, 1898-1925)
1869-1871     George A. Lamont
1871-1877     J. F. Wendell
1877-1879     O. R. Coughlan
1879-1884     Abraham J. Buckles
1884-1892     O. P. Dobbins
1892-1894     George A. Lamont
1894-1902     Frank R. Devlin
1902-1906     T. T. C. Gregory
1906-1914     Joseph M. Raines
1914-1922      Arthur Lindauer
1922-1928      Brantley W. Dobbins
1928-1962      Phillip B. Lynch
1962-1972      E. Glynn Stanley
1972-1983      Neal P. McCaslin
1983-1993       Michael E. Nail
1993-2010        David W. Paulson
2011 – present  Donald A. du Bain

It’s time for a change, don’t you think?

Vote Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney





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BIG GIANT THANK YOU’s GO OUT TO THE 400+ people who ran with us to raise awareness about sexual violence & educate communities & individuals on how to prevent it. Runners finished wearing a rainbow of colors!

SANE SART Executive Director, Lisa Lewis-Javar used the opportunity to announce publicly her endorsement of Krishna Abrams for District Attorney(Abrams4DA.com) and her support for Erin’s Law (http://www.erinmerryn.net/erins-law.html).

Survivor & Ms. Vacaville, Hazel Payne was also very engaging when she spoke to the crowd. The heart she has for children affected by sexual assault is inspiring.

All three of these amazing leaders in Solano County pictured below.

(ED Lisa Lewis Javar, Advocate, Ms. Vacaville,Hazel Payne, Deputy DA, Krishna Abrams)

threeamazingladiesofsolanoThanks to the DJ, Costco, KUIC, SAFEQUEST.org, Muscle Milk, Fleet Feet Sports Vacaville, Team In Training and all those who helped make this happen!


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2013 brings changes to SANE SART Board

As with any good thing, changes eventually come. We at SANE SART are pleased to announce that in January 2013,  SANE SART President & Police Commander Steve Potter will be passing on his role as President to SANE SART Board member & Sexual Assault Advocate,  Terry Cox. She will make an excellent President who brings years of expertise and compassion to the position!

Former Napa City Council Member, business man , James Krider will be replacing Teresa Cunningham Esq. as Vice President.

We are also saddened and pleased for founding member RN SANE Vickie Whitson, who is retiring. She will however join our Board of Directors and serve as an R.N. Education Consultant. She was one of our founding nurses and as a B.S.N. who attended nursing school at Solano College & the University of California, Dominguez Hills; she displayed an abiding passion to serve others.

She has been an RN for 18 years and a compassionate Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner(SANE-A) for 13 years. In her retirement she plans to enjoys being a grandmother, reading, crocheting and rooting for her San Diego Chargers.

We are humbled to have been able to work with you Vickie!
Her dedication has inspired us all to serve the survivors in our jurisdiction with the grace and professionalism as she did. Pictured here (from L to R) with Judy Durham(SAVS), Lisa Lewis-Javar(E.D. SANE SART) R.N. SANE’s Vickie Witson, Kari Cordero, Karen Stewart, Sara Zombrano, and Treasurer, Nicole Solario.

Other board members  include: Carrie Hayes, Paige Kinsman, James Byrum, Cheryl Laube, Edward Ballerini, Gary Lieberstein, District Attorney and Lisa Lewis­-Javar, RN SANE­-A & Executive Director of SANE SART.

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“Those who have the strength” SANE-SART PSA Directed by Bruce Brown

“Those who have the strength” SANE-SART PSA Directed by Bruce Brown from Bruce Brown on Vimeo.

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The “Real” Wonder Woman

The Napa Chamber of Commerce and Mechanics Bank has chosen our Executive Director Lisa Lewis-Javar as this year’s medical professional of the year!

Along with being a full-time R.N. at Kaiser Permanente, Lisa is a tireless Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner leading a team of 5 forensic nurses. She received her forensics degree at Kaplan University and has been a dedicated lead SANE for 12 years at SANE SART. She played an integral role in helping to start a Rape Crisis center in Zambia and has her eyes on Rwanda in the near future. In Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia they can have up to 135 child sexual assaults in one month.

Recently, she created a stir on Hwy. 29 by teaming up with DoYouKnowLacy.com and Shared Hope International by placing a billboard that reads, “This man wants to rent your daughter”.  Outspoken and fearless, Lisa is determined to bring awareness to the issues of sexual trafficking and exploitation of children.

Lisa is an asset to our 503c non-profit and certainly to Napa, Marin and Solano Counties. She will soon be receiving the award at a ceremony to be announced soon. In the meantime you can hear her speak May 12th, 2012 at Slack Collective Art Studios at 7pm.

“This award is about so many women ,children, boys and girls who have been victimized. I hope this will bring more awareness to the silence that is so common among sexual assault survivors. Lots of work to be done! Thank you Napa Chamber of Commerce and Mechanics Bank!” Lisa Lewis-Javar ED sanesart.org

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This man wants to rent your daughter. Too harsh or harsh reality?

Part of our campaign to promote awareness of child sex trafficking in April 2012.  This billboard appeared on Highway 29, first facing South and then facing North.

Thank you to Shared Hope International and Do You know Lacy. com for helping bring light to a dark situation!

Here is what the locals thought about it!


This billboard also spurred controversy on local radio station talk shows and on Facebook post, so in our view it was effective in making people think about this harsh topic!


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“Love Is Not Abuse” iPhone Application

We are very pleased to announce that the Liz Claiborne Inc. “Love Is Not Abuse” iPhone Application is now available for download in the iTunes App Store!

The new iPhone app is designed to teach parents – in a very real way – about the dangers of teen dating abuse and provides a dramatic demonstration of how technology can be used to commit abuse. Over the course of the experience, text messages, emails and phone calls are received real-time, mimicking the controlling, abusive behaviors teens might face in their relationships. Continue reading

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Forensic Nurse Training: What’s in store for 2012!

WE will be recruiting a new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner soon! Find out how you can be in the running for this very special calling!!!

We strive to uphold the balance of Truth and Justice that our forensic expertise brings to the victims and survivors of sexual assault. For years, victims of sexual assault have been forced to wait long hours in the emergency department before receiving a forensic exam. The development of sexual assault forensic examiner programs and sexual assault response teams (SART) has changed this and improved care for victims.

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Current SANE Training

The Balance of justice and truth benefits both the victim and those accused equally. The DNA does not lie. It serves as evidence without respect to persons.

Recently we sent our Forensic Nurses to the IAFN Conference in Quebec, Canada for some of the latest insights into DNA Justice. Our director Lisa Lewis-Javar revealed, “It has been a very interesting course on identifying human remains. “Not just a box full of bones…”, South Carolina Coroner and Anthroplogist lectured, as he shared a new data- base called NAMUS that is used to identify missing persons. It will certainly bring closure to so many families who do not know what happened to their loved ones.

We strive to uphold the balance of truth and justice that our forensic expertise brings to victims and survivors of sexual assault.

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At-Risk Youth Event: Skate-n-Paint

At-Risk youth received masks, spray paint, and lessons sponsored by HOME DEPOT, Napa Valley Art Supplies, EMP Graffiti Street Team, DuloDulo Video-Magazine & SANE SART of Napa & Solano. Over 300 youth came out to Skate-n-Paint:Northern California’s largest Urban Graffiti event in 2011~where they covered 2000 sq. ft of space at a local jump house.

SANE SART was there to provide masks, childcare for those too young to wear a mask and counseling to a few survivors as well.

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