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.