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The Impact of SANE Programs on Adult Sexual Assault Investigation and Prosecution

Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D.
Presentation at the National Institute of Justice
March 19, 2009
This free and accessible webinar examines the effectiveness of sexual assault nurse examiner programs in the prosecution of adult sexual assault. Dr. Campbell describes the two goals of a series of research studies she and her research team conducted. The first goal was to test whether sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs have a positive impact on adult sexual assault prosecution. And then, if so, why? What is it about a SANE program that helps contribute to increased prosecution rates?
Building on those findings, the second goal of the project was to develop an evaluation toolkit for practitioners. The idea was to take science into practice by developing a step by step tool guide, so practitioners could also study whether they are having a positive impact on their criminal justice systems. And if not, what could they be doing to try to increase prosecution rates.
http://nij.ncjrs.gov/multimedia/video-sane.htm
The toolkit created from this project can be downloaded here:
Step-by-Step Practitioner Toolkit for Evaluating the Work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
(SANE) Programs in the Criminal Justice System