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ERIC Number: EJ949793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Adult Sexual Assault Survivors' Experiences with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)
Fehler-Cabral, Giannina; Campbell, Rebecca; Patterson, Debra
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v26 n18 p3618-3639 Dec 2011
Sexual assault survivors often feel traumatized by the care received in traditional hospital emergency departments. To address these problems, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs were created to provide comprehensive medical care, crisis intervention, and forensic services. However, there is limited research on the actual experiences and emotional impact of sexual assault survivors who seek treatment from SANEs. This qualitative study examined twenty rape survivors' experiences with forensic nurse examiners of a Midwestern SANE program. Findings suggest that SANEs provided survivors with care and compassion, clear explanations, and choices. Taken together, these positive experiences were perceived as "humanizing". However, some survivors perceived forensic nurses as hurtful when they were not provided with choices, explanation, and/or acted cold and distant. Implications for future research on SANE care and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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