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SANE Forensic Exams


After experiencing a sexual assault, you have the choice to have a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) forensic exam.  A SANE can be performed up to five days after an assault.  Choosing to have a SANE does not require an individual to formally report or participate in a law enforcement investigation.

The University of Denver has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two programs in the Denver Metro area who provide SANE forensic exams following a sexual assault.

CAPE can help explain the process and support any DU community member with participating in the SANE process, and help arrange for transportation to the hospital.  During normal business hours, contact the Coordinator of CAPE at 303-871-3853 or present to the Health and Counseling Center located on the 3rd floor of the Ritchie Center on the north side of the building.  After-Hours, contact the Counselor on Call at 303-871-2205.

what is a SANE?

A SANE forensic exam is performed by a specially trained registered nurse.  The exam is tailored to provide survivors of sexual assault with trauma informed medical treatment, and to collect forensic evidence in the event a survivor chooses to report to Law Enforcement.  Typical exams last anywhere from 2-6 hours.  If you choose to have an exam, you have the right to decline any part of the exam and to go at a pace that feels comfortable to you.  Standard exams include:

  • A complete discussion about medical history
  • Thorough head to toe physical examination
  • Evidence collection
  • Photographs of any injuries sustained during an assault
  • Details about the assault to better inform evidence collection and medical treatment
  • Treatment for possible sexually transmitted infections
  • Pregnancy prevention, if applicable


In the state of Colorado, if you are an adult and choose to have a SANE, you have three reporting options:

  1. Anonymous Report - You can choose to obtain a SANE forensic exam, but at that time choose not to participate in the criminal justice process.  An anonymous report allow for evidence storage only, and no identifying information will be provided to Law Enforcement.

  2. Medical Report - You can choose to obtain a SANE forensic exam but choose not to participate in the criminal justice process at that time.  You do have the option to have the evidence tested.  Your name and other identifying information will be shared with Law Enforcement, but no investigation will be initiated.

  3. Law Enforcement Report - You can choose to obtain a SANE forensic exam and choose to also participate in the criminal justice process at that time.  You will be given the opportunity to meet with a Law Enforcement officer at the hospital.

Survivors are not charged for the cost of the SANE forensic exam, but could incur expenses related to treatment of injuries. CAPE is available to talk through any financial questions or concerns.

preservation of evidence

In preparing for a SANE forensic exam you can take steps to preserve evidence by:

  • Avoid bathing/showering
  • Avoid douching
  • If you can, don't use the restroom (the hospital will take a urine sample when you arrive)
  • Avoid changing your clothes
  • Avoid combing your hair
  • Avoid cleaning up the area where the assault occurred
  • Place any clothing or bedding present during the assault in a brown paper bag and take it to the hospital with you (brown paper bags are available from CAPE).

It is normal to perform any of the activities recommended to avoid after experiencing a sexual assault. It is OK if you have done any of these activities and you can still have an exam.

SANE Transportation Options

The University of Denver will assist with transportation when students are seeking medical or forensic services from a SANE unit at either Denver Health or Porter Hospital.

  • Public Transportation:
  • Taxi Vouchers can be provided by the following offices:
    • CAPE (confidential): Daytime Advocacy 303-871-3853 After-hours: 303-871-2205
    • Health and Counseling Center (confidential): During Normal Business Hours 303-871-2205
  • Reimbursement for Taxi or other car service:
    • Survivors can apply for financial assistance through the CAPE Survivor Fund to cover costs of transportation when seeking a SANE. Contact CAPE at or 303-871-3853
  • Transportation from Campus Safety (not confidential):
    • If Campus Safety has appropriate staffing levels, they can provide transportation to Denver Health or Porter Hospital to students seeking a SANE
    • The victim/survivor must be accompanied by an advocate or other support person
    • This is not considered a confidential option


denver health sane program

To receive a SANE through Denver Health, present to the Emergency Room and inform the front desk that you are seeking a SANE.

777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204


Hours of Operation: 24/7

Porter adventist hospital sane program

To receive a SANE through Porter Adventist Hospital, present to the Emergency Room and inform the front desk that you are seeking a SANE.

2525 S. Downing Street
Denver, CO 80210


Hours of Operation: 24/7