Illinois House passes a measure that requires hospitals to have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs). SANEs will be able to treat and examine victims of sexual assault. Currently, hospitals have nurses complete a ‘rape kit examination’. Sexual assault survivor, Lindsey Ross, completed a rape kit examination at a hospital outside of the city of Chicago. Ross believes the nurse who went through a rape kit examination with her was not fully trained to handle sexual assault cases. Ross explains that her experience would have been completely different had she been seen by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
As of now, sexual assault victims are treated the same regardless of age — SANEs will be able to recognize the difference in need between a child and an adult victim. The Illinois Health and Hospital Association supports this measure and the objectives it wishes to fulfill. After passing the House, this bill is to be considered by the Senate. This will be a monumental for sexual assault victims; allowing them to get the appropriate care for their traumatic experiences.