The SAFE-T Center was mentioned in a Joint State Government Commission Report by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania titled, “Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape.” The report detailed active Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) awards in Pennsylvania, which includes the SAFE-T Center. According to the report, the SAFE-T Center was the second…

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For victims of sexual assault, high-quality health care provided by sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) is associated with improved health and prosecutorial outcomes. However, very little is known about access to SANEs. Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor and SAFE-T Center principal investigator, and Elizabeth Thiede, nursing doctoral student and 2021 ENRS Student Conference Scholarship Award winner, wanted…

What is the overall goal of the project? The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (“SAFE-T”) Center aims to develop a statewide network of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (“SANEs”) so that no matter where victims seek medical treatment, they have access to compassionate, high-quality, forensically defensible, and patient-centered care. By establishing the SAFE-T Center, medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams…

The first episode of At the Core of Care podcast, by the Pennsylvania Action Coalition, takes a look at Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in PA. Few healthcare providers are trained to do this tough job, which requires a timely and skilled healthcare response that addresses physical and mental health. Examiners must also be trained on the forensic and legal component…

There is a national shortage of nurses and doctors trained to conduct sexual assault forensic exams. NBC News mapped where they’re available in each state. The SAFE-T Center provided information that can be viewed in the Pennsylvania entry on the interactive map. Read the full article at NBC News