For the first time ever, victims of sexual assault are now able to remain on the campus to receive a forensic examination.

SANE Centers provide the services of registered nurses who have advanced education in the sensitive treatment and clinical preparation during forensic examination of sexual assault victims. In addition to helping preserve the victim's dignity and reduce psychological trauma, SANE Centers enhance evidence collection for more effective investigations and better prosecutions. The SANE Center at Stony Brook was established as an on-site resource for the University community at both the East and West Campuses and is the fourth center to join Suffolk County's regional SANE network coordinated by VIBS.


Statistics re: Sexual Assault on college campuses (cited in National Institute of Justice 2005 report):

  • 1 in 5 college women experiences rape during college
  • Just under 3% of all college women become victims of rape in any given 9-month academic year which translates into 35 SV crimes for every 1000 women students.
  • Less than 5% of completed and attempted rapes of college students are brought to the attention of campus authorities and/or law enforcement which may also affect whether victims seek medical care and other professional help.

According to the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet), before SANE Centers were established, rape survivors who sought post-assault health care and medical forensic evidence collection from emergency rooms often do not receive basic services, wait long hours, and have evidence collection conducted by personnel that lack training and experience.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs were created to alleviate these problems. Stony Brook University and Stony Brook University Medical Center in partnership with VIBS, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, and the Suffolk County Police Department recognized the need for an on-campus SANE Center so that victims do not have to travel off campus for this specialized examination and treatment.