WELCOME

Wasatch Forensic Nurses is a nonprofit mobile team of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners performing forensic exams to victims of rape and sexual assault at no charge to the victim. We serve 24 hospitals in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Wasatch counties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WFN reaffirms its commitment to treat all victims of violence with equity, dignity and compassion. We stand for and support social justice and reject all forms of discrimination, racism and violence.

 

We are closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19 in our community.  Our nurses are  responding to area hospitals to provide services to victims of rape and sexual assault.  At this time, an ER is a safe place for an exam.   If you require services, please contact your local law enforcement agency or hospital.  Not comfortable having an exam at an ER? We can work with you on an alternate solution. This page will be updated as necessary.

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Wasatch Forensic Nurses is to provide compassionate care and professional timely collection of forensic medical evidence and services as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Our vision is to be leaders in providing evidence-based, patient-centered forensic nursing care to individuals impacted by violence. Our participation in multidisciplinary teams will continue to foster awareness and understanding of the effects of violence on individuals and communities.

What To Do If You Are Assaulted

Get to a safe place

Call someone you trust for help.  Your local police department or advocacy agency can help

Seek health care at a local emergency department

Sexual assault forensic exams can be performed up to 6 days after a sexual assault.  Contact law enforcement, an advocate or a local emergency department to arrange for an exam

Seek counseling

Services We Provide

Care & Forensic Exams

With no cost to victims.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Training along with other services.

Education

Community groups, Nurses, Physicians and many more.

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do."

- Brene Brown

Forensic Medical Exams

We meet you at your closest hospital’s emergency department to perform a forensic medical exam. When you reach out to law enforcement or go straight to the hospital, they will call our answering service for one of our sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) to come directly to you at the emergency department.

You are in control! You get to decide whether or not you speak with police, if you want the kit submitted to the crime lab and how much of the exam you would like performed. You are in the driver’s seat.

The SANE works with medical providers ensuring patients receive prophylactic medications which minimize the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and any other necessary medical care to help patients begin the process of healing.  By providing sensitive care in a timely manner, we help to lessen the long-term physical and emotional complications of this devastating crime.

Each SANE is a licensed registered nurse with additional specialty training in the field of forensic nursing. They have also participated in a mentoring program in the field of care of sexual assault victims.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training

Interested in becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)?

Are you an RN with at least one-year experience?

Wasatch Forensic Nurses provides education for nurses who want to become a SANE.

The next training is August 26-30, 2020.

Are you already a SANE and want more education?

Skills Training Workshops are performed quarterly in conjunction with the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). Click here to learn more.

Preceptor Program – WFN provides a preceptor program for current SANEs who want one-on-one training and experience. Click here more information.

Community Education

WFN provides education and training for agencies and community groups involved or interested in services provided to victims of sexual violence.

Contact us if you would like us to meet with your group

Community Groups

Nurses

Physicians

Attorneys

Law Enforcement

Advocates

By the Numbers

We took our first case in 2002 and have continued to provide dedicated service to the communities we serve.

Number of Total Cases Performed by Wasatch Forensic Nurses

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