SANE/SAFE Program

If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault, we can help.

 

The Suffolk County Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE)/Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program is a collaborative program sponsored by VIBS, the Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and our four partner hospitals. The SAFE program provides free and confidential forensic exams to victims of rape and sexual assault at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue.

The goal of our program is to provide compassionate, trauma-informed medical and forensic care to survivors of rape/sexual assault in Suffolk County. The examinations are performed by highly qualified and specially-trained medical practitioners who carefully collect evidence — within 96 hours of the assault. If the survivor chooses to report the assault to law enforcement, the evidence may be used to prosecute the case and provide justice for the victim. VIBS provides crisis counselors who accompany victims to a SANE/SAFE Center and stay by their side during this process.

If you have recently received a forensic examination at one of our SAFE Centers and wish to speak with an advocate, call our 24/7 hotline at (631) 360-3606.

If you are interested in becoming a SANE/SAFE or volunteering as a Rape Crisis Counselor (RCC), please contact Karen Oprea at (631) 360-3730 or email koprea@vibs.org.