We are here to help you when you are not sure what to do next.
We are here to work as part of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
We perform a medical forensic exam for patients who are reporting a sexual assault or rape in the Bismarck, Minot, Dickinson & Williston communities & their surrounding areas.
We advocate for the medical needs of sexual assault victims.
The first community based Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or SANE program began as part of the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) in May 2001, when a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) had finalized protocols and began looking for funding for SANE nurses. In August of 2002, the AARC received a Bush Grant for a SANE program and STOP funding to provide training to 6 Registered Nurses.
In 2003, those 6 nurses started performing the Medical/Forensic exams in the Bismarck/Mandan region.
In December 2013, the SANE program changed their name to the Central Dakota Forensic Nurse Examiners (CDFNE) and gained 501c(3) status. The CDFNE has expanded into Minot, Dickinson, and Williston. These programs cover a total of 23 Counties in western and central North Dakota, with a total of 27 nurses are currently trained to practice as SANE, in Western North Dakota.