Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

For victims of sexual assault, the physical and emotional injuries that result require clinicians who can offer comprehensive support. Lawrence General was the first hospital in Massachusetts to train and deploy extensively trained registered nurses as part of the Commonwealth's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.

These specially certified nurses are on-call 24/7 to treat victims of sexual assault when they arrive in the Emergency Center. Their training includes proper documentation of evidence in case the victim wishes to pursue legal action. Lawrence General's program provides clothing and other resources to assault victims when they leave the hospital, and is one of the few in Massachusetts specially trained to treat children under 12 years of age.