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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Regional Forensic Medical Trainings

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce that beginning this year the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will facilitate, through grants received from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), four statewide medical/forensic trainings, designed to sustain and expand the Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) programs in Wisconsin.


Three of these regional SANE trainings will be SANE-Adult classes and one will be a SANE-Pediatric class.  The trainings are designed to meet the needs of healthcare providers who seek to serve their patient populations with a comprehensive medical/forensic model.  The next training is the week of April 28th at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints in Racine. 


“As an ‘exist to assist agency,’ we are pleased to provide this opportunity because the training and development of SANE professionals will have a positive impact on the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assaults,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “It also will enhance the medical and emotional care provided to victims of violence across Wisconsin.”


Victims of sexual assault depend on nurses, physicians, sexual assault service providers, law enforcement officers, victim/witness specialists and prosecutors to attend to their physical injuries, hold perpetrators accountable, and assist them in healing the emotional trauma resulting from these vicious crimes.  Healthcare professionals are among the first who come to the aid of sexual assault victims.  The professionals who treat sexual assault survivors are responsible for treating the patient’s physical injuries as well as collecting the evidence that is later used to identify, prosecute and convict perpetrators of sexual assault.  This is an essential step in protecting both the patient from further victimization and preventing other members of our communities from becoming victims.  For more information or to register for one of the trainings, please visit the following link: SANE Training Registration