This report presents the methodology and findings of a comprehensive Federal effort to organize and transfer knowledge and best practices of sexual assault nurse examiners, sexual assault forensic examiners, and collaborative sexual assault response teams (SANE/SAFE/SART).
The overall conclusion of this report is that although previous Federal efforts in this area have been beneficial, further documentation and compilation of evidence-based practices in sexual assault response are still needed. Although standardized protocols, guides, and other resources for SANE/SAFE/SART are available for practitioners, specific requirements, techniques, preferences, and protocols can vary between State, local, and tribal communities. In order to address the incongruent approaches for collecting, analyzing, and using forensic sexual assault evidence, the current project established a system of knowledge transfer and outreach that addresses strategies for developing more effective sexual assault response practices. Four recommendations are offered. First, create awareness of the vailability of evidence-based best practices for use as guidelines. Second, provide a system of communication, collaboration, education, and knowledge transfer. Third, assist in the development of effective best practices for the collection and processing of sexual assault forensic evidence. Fourth, provide resources for the development of policies that will maintain high-quality performance over time. 4 exhibits, 6 references, and appended literature review document, SANE/SAFE/SART practitioner meeting participant bios, Federal stakeholder meeting notes, and policy and practice forum presenter bios
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