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Collection Of Victims Evidence Regarding Sexual Assault. Making a difference in sexual assaults through forensics, collaboration and education.

About COVERSA and SANE

COVERSA, which began in 2001, hires independent contractors that are registered nurses or nurse practitioners trained as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs).

SANE Nurses
The SANE nurses are specially trained in forensic collection and provide care to address the victim’s emotional and medical needs as well as evidence collection needs for the prosecution. SANE nurses strive to preserve their patients’ dignity and ensure they are not re-traumatized by the evidence collection process. SANE nurses help patients gain control by allowing them to make decisions throughout the interview and evidence collection process.

Forensic Evidence
Gathering forensic evidence includes collecting the victim’s clothing, conducting a thorough physical assessment, and specimen collection. SANE nurses are specially trained in identifying patterned injury, documenting and photographing injuries, maintaining chain of evidence, and providing expert witness testimony.

Patient Care
COVERSA, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, provides emergency contraception to the patient who is at risk of becoming pregnant and antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections that may have been contracted during the assault. The SANE then provides the patient convenient, comprehensive, community resources for follow-up care.

Special Exam Rooms
COVERSA provides a designated exam room at each location in an effort to provide a private, comfortable setting equipped with an exam table, digital camera and in some centers a colposcope. The instrument magnifies genital tissue and is an important asset in identifying vaginal trauma. In the legal arena, the colpscope is well documented as a superior accepted practice when examining sexual assault victims.

COVERSA Sexual Assault Outreach Centers
Cass County Memorial Hospital, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, North Kansas City Hospital, Ray County Memorial Hospital, Research Medical Center, and St. Joseph Medical Center.

Call 816.221.2187 for more information.

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