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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Intended for:

Adults, adolescents, or children who have been recently sexually assaulted. The SANE program sees patients within 10 days of assault

Location: Report to the Children's or Adult emergency department
Hours: Open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 204-787-2071
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The HSC Sexual Assault Program is staffed with a team of nurses, specifically trained in providing care to patients who have experienced a sexual assault. All sexual assault patients are admitted through the HSC emergency departments. The goal of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is to provide options and choices about medical care and/or police reporting, provide medications to prevent infection and pregnancy, and connect patients with counseling services so they have appropriate support to transition back into the community.

What is sexual assault?
The terms "sexual assault" and "rape" may be used interchangeably.
Sexual assault is:

  • an act of violence or aggression involving a sexual attack either verbal, emotional or physical;
  • touching in a sexual way without permission, including if you were asleep, unconscious, high or drunk;
  • forced kissing or fondling.
  • forced oral, anal or vaginal intercourse (rape).
  • The person who assaulted you may be a stranger, friend, partner, or acquaintance. All forms of sexual assault are crimes.

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Call 911 or your local police if you believe you are still in danger.
  • Go to a hsopital, clinic, or nursing station as soon as possible for medical care.
  • Tell somone you trust (a friend, relative, or Elder).
  • Do not change your clothing, shower or bath, brush your teeth, smoke, chew gum.

What happens if I go to the hospital?
You will receive medical help after a sexual assault.

  • When you report to an emergency department or urgent care, you will visit the triage desk and be asked why you have come to hospital.
  • The SANE Team will be consulted and be at the hospital to see you as soon as possible.
  • You will be examined for injuiries, have tests for sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy.
  • You can also choose to have evidence collected that could help in a police investigation.

We encourage you to bring a support person (friend or family) with you to hospital. Your support person is welcome to stay with you while you’re in hospital.

  • If you choose, a volunteer will be called to help support you through the exam process and provide you with important resources.
  • If you decide you would like to have the police involved, the nurse will help you with this.

What is the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program?

SANE is a group of specially trained female nurses who provide treatment to people of any gender and any age who have been recently sexually assaulted.

  • We provide options and choices about medical care and/or police reporting
  • We provide medications to prevent infection and pregnancy.
  • We connect you with counselling services, if you choose

Where will I stay while at HSC?

SANE offers a comfortable and safe location for patients to meet with their care team. The SANE exam suite is safe and private.
Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make the choices that are best for you.

Is what I am feeling normal?

  • You may find that you feel sad, angry or embarrassed
  • You may blame yourself
  • You may have changes in eating and sleeping patterns, confusion, forgetfulness, and trouble concentrating
  • Thoughts of the event may flood your mind at times and cause you to cry or lash out
  • You may feel physically sick and experience headaches, abdominal pain, fatigue and depression
  • Even if you don’t have physical injuries, it does not mean your sexual assault is any less serious.

Other helpful resources:


Emergency Services

Children's Emergency

Adult Emergency

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner