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Providing Quality Care to the Sexual Assault Survivor: Education and Training for Medical Professionals


  • Cynthia Ferguson CNM, MSN, MSCJ, FNE

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    • Cynthia Ferguson, CNM, FNE, SANE-A, is a Forensic Nurse Examiner and a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Nurse Corps. She is currently a doctoral student of Public Health at Walden University and holds masters degrees in both Nursing and Criminal Justice.

SANE-A, Forensic Nurse Examiner/Certified Nurse Midwife, 4709 Arbutus Avenue, Rockville, MD 20853. E-mail:


Health care providers who perform sexual assault examinations can assist patients who report experiencing a sexual assault by increasing their knowledge and skills in sexual assault care, and serving as Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinators, or as SART team members, in their communities. With little additional material, this training could be provided as a component of basic midwifery and/or advanced practice nursing education programs. This article reviews the essential steps and required training for conducting sexual assault examinations.