Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.)

Denim Day Paint Night was cancelled due to the Coronavirus this year. We still need your help in our efforts to help educate the SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) Nurses in our community. Every SANE Nurse is specially training forensically.  Workshops, seminars and continuing educational classes are needed to keep up on the technology changes that are needed to help survivors.

Your support is needed. Our efforts are for local needs.  Unfortunately this program has many needs.  Please help us help others.

Locally reported cases of sexual assault overwhelmingly involve children under the age of 18. In 2018, there were 45 victims of  assault reported in Washington County.

Every year, on the last Wednesday in April, The Denim Day Campaign is run in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. In Italy, in 1989, an eighteen-year-old was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. The case against the perpetrator was overturned since the judge ruled that he could not have gotten the victims tight jeans off without her assistance. The judge ruled, this did not count as rape. In solidarity, women in the Italian Parliament all wore jeans to work to protest this ruling. Denim Day was created based on this act and has been in effect for the past 30 years.
How does this program help?
Our S.A.N.E. nurses testify in court cases. During these cases, a 13-year-old was sexually assaulted by her father; the S.A.N.E. nurse was on the stand for more than an hour, and the father was incarcerated. Had it not been for this nurse receiving training in forensic sciences at a conference in Dallas, the perpetrator would have been released back into our community – possibly repeating the crime or victimizing another young girl.
How is it funded?
Support is needed to keep the S.A.N.E. program running. Donations help recruit and provide training for new S.A.N.E. nurses, purchase necessary equipment and supplies and assist in efforts to educate the community about sexual assault and prevention. Denim Day Paint Night proceeds provide assistance for victims of sexual crimes and funding for continued education for registered nurses.  Please donate and register here to help us help others. 

Contact Us
S.A.N.E. is a dedicated group of nurses on call 24-hours a day. 

Please join us to ensure that this program will have all of the necessary funds to help these victims through this very difficult experience with the best resources available.
Contact the program at:
Aurora Medical Center in Washington County
1032 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 673-2300
Froedtert St. Joseph Hospital
3200 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Hartford, WI 53095