SANE Facts

Sidebar to the article Increasing Sexual Assault Prosecution Rates by Philip Bulman.

  • SANE programs now exist in every state of the union, with about 500 programs in all. The programs treat adults and adolescents, and about half treat children as well. SANE programs typically handle sexual assault victims of both sexes.
  • Most SANE programs are based in hospitals, although a few are based in rape crisis centers. In some places, mobile SANE teams are set up to go to various hospitals or other locations as needed.
  • Although some SANE programs have relied on grant funding to get started, they often become selfsustaining because they provide reimbursable medical services.
  • SANE programs have grown partly because the need is great. A 1998 report by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included results of a survey of 16,000 adults of both sexes. Some 17.7 percent of women and 3 percent of men reported being the victim of a completed or attempted rape at some point in their lifetimes.
Date Created: October 29, 2009