Law Enforcement: What Can the SANE Tell You at the End of the Medical Forensic Examination?

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

Joanne Archambault
Joanne Archambault
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EVAWI
Sergeant, San Diego Police Department (Ret.)
Founding Director, EVAWI
Past President and Co-Founder, Academy of Forensic Nursing
Stacey Mitchell
Stacey Mitchell, DNP, MBA, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN FAAN
Clinical Professor, Texas A & M Health Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing
Treasurer, EVAWI

The medical forensic examination is arguably one of the most critical components of a victim-centered response to sexual assault. The exam has two main goals: to treat the survivor of the assault for any medical injuries that may have resulted from the assault and to collect precious evidence that may eventually lead to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the offender. At the completion of the examination, the medical forensic report is generated.

The focus of this presentation will be on the information that can be found in the medical forensic report, and how this can impact a sexual assault investigation. We will review common misconceptions about examination interpretation as well as the information that can be obtained during the examination process. The presenters will provide a basic review of anatomical terminology and injury identification terms, to enable the audience to apply the examination findings to their investigations and potential prosecution. 


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify information commonly found in the medical forensic report.
  • Explain limitations in interpreting the medical-forensic examination.
  • Identify areas of inconsistency in the medical forensic report.
  • Summarize the importance of collaboration with forensic examiners when deciphering the medical report.
  • Apply the information from the session in an actual review of a medical forensic record.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

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