Home > Projects > The Impact of SANE Programs on Adult Sexual Assault Investigation and Prosecution

Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D.
Presentation at the National Institute of Justice
March 19, 2009

This free and accessible webinar examines the effectiveness of sexual assault nurse examiner programs in the prosecution of adult sexual assault. Dr. Campbell describes the two goals of a series of research studies she and her research team conducted. The first goal was to test whether sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs have a positive impact on adult sexual assault prosecution. And then, if so, why? What is it about a SANE program that helps contribute to increased prosecution rates?

Building on those findings, the second goal of the project was to develop an evaluation toolkit for practitioners. The idea was to take science into practice by developing a step by step tool guide, so practitioners could also study whether they are having a positive impact on their criminal justice systems. And if not, what could they be doing to try to increase prosecution rates.


The toolkit created from this project can be downloaded here:
Step-by-Step Practitioner Toolkit for Evaluating the Work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
(SANE) Programs in the Criminal Justice System

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MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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