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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Intended for:

People of any gender and any age who have been sexually assaulted.
People of any gender and any age who have been recently assaulted by their intimate partner (sexually and/or physically).

 
Location:

Chidren's or Adult Emergency Department at
HSC Winnipeg, 700 William Ave

 
Hours: Open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
 
Phone: 204-787-2071
Ask for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

If you have been sexually assaulted, we’re here to help you.

If you have been abused or assaulted by your partner, we’re here to help you.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) is a group of specially trained female nurses who provide treatment to people of any gender and any age who have been sexually assaulted.

We also provide treatment to people of any gender and any age who have been recently assaulted by their intimate partner (sexually and/or physically).

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 and community resources, if you choose. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make choices that are best for you.

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 – the act can be 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.

The person who assaulted you may be a stranger, friend, partner, or acquaintance.

What is Intimate Partner Violence (Domestic Violence)?

Intimate Partner Violence (also referred to as Domestic Violence) is when one person in a relationship tries to dominate and/or control the other person through actual or threatened physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse.
Intimate Partner Violence can happen to people in all types of relationships. It can happen to people of any gender race, culture, and age.

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted or abused?

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Call 911 or your local police if you believe you are still in danger.
  • Go to a hospital, clinic, or nursing station as soon as possible
    for medical care.
  • Tell someone you trust (a friend, relative, or Elder).

What happens if I go to the hospital?

You will receive medical help. A specialized nurse will meet with you and talk about options for receiving care.

  • 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.
  • A specially trained nurse will come meet with you and discuss what options you have. The nurse will examine you for injuries and offer testing and treatment.
  • If you decide to have police involved, the nurse will assist you with the process and may be able to collect evidence. Reporting to police will remain your choice.

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.

Where will I stay while at HSC?

SANE offers a comfortable and safe location for patients to meet with their care team.

 

Helpful resources:

  • KLINIC Sexual Assault Crisis Line, 24 hours
    204-786-8631 (Winnipeg)
    or toll free 1-888 292-7565
  • Winnipeg Police Non-Emergency
    204-986-6222
  • HSC Winnipeg paging
    204-787-2071
    Ask for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
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