“They made me feel like if I had family around, which I didn’t and I thank you very much.”

For Emergency SANE response or to schedule a medical/forensic examination call (505) 884-SANE

Our services are confidential, free, and available 24/7 from our nurse experts

If you, or someone you know, has been sexually assaulted, you have 5 days from the time of the assault to come into the SANE unit and be seen by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. To receive a medical/forensic exam, the 5-day window applies to adult victims. For pediatric exams (child victims 12 years old and younger), there is a 3-day window for collecting forensic evidence. If it is been more than 5 days since your assault, you are still eligible for other services at SANE. The nurse examiner may offer you limited services, and you can still receive resources from our follow-up clinic as well as get assistance with referrals. Just call us at (505) 884-7263. At the time of your exam, you will also be given the option to contact the police and talk about your assault but it is not required.  Albuquerque SANE is committed to creating a safe, compassionate environment for all victims of interpersonal violence.  Our nurse examiners are Safe Zone trained to be better allies of the LGBTQ+ community, are sex worker-friendly, and have experience serving patients experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness. You must be sober at the time of your medical/forensic exam in order to provide consent for services.

If you are in danger: Dial 911 for help.

If you are injured: Seek medical care or go to an emergency room.
Please dial (505) 884-SANE (7263) to dispatch a sexual assault nurse examiner.

The Rape Crisis Center operates a crisis hotline 24 hours-a-day. Call (505) 266-7711 for information.

If you wish to report to law enforcement

When possible, follow the guidelines below:

Do not: eat or drink.
Do not: take a shower or wash any part of your body, including teeth.
Do not: wash the clothes you were wearing during the assault.
Do: bring the clothes you were wearing to the exam.
Do: be prepared to share your assault narrative.
Do not: blame yourself.

Common Myths About Sexual Assault

The motive for rape is sexual.
The Truth. Rape is about power, control, and aggression.

I wore a short dress that night. It’s all my fault.
The Truth. Victims of rape are not responsible for the violation they suffered. Rape is not caused by clothing, attitude, or alcohol: it’s caused by rapists.

He’s lying. Men can’t be raped.
The Truth. Male rape happens and unfortunately is rarely reported.

A man cannot rape his wife.
The Truth. All states have laws against rape in marriage.

If victim and rapist are both drunk, then the assailant cannot be charged with rape.
The Truth. Rape is a crime and people who commit crimes under the influence are still responsible for their actions. If someone is unable to consent to sex because they’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s still rape.

She shouldn’t have been so flirty if she didn’t want to be raped.
The Truth. A majority of rapes are planned by the rapist, and opportunity is the determining factor in when rape will occur, not the victim’s actions. It is the assailant’s fault when someone is sexually assaulted, never the victim’s.

Rape only occurs outside, at night, by a stranger.
The Truth. Rape occurs everywhere, regardless of date or time. Roughly 90% of victims knew who their rapist was at the time of assault.

If you experience domestic violence
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used by one person in an intimate relationship to gain power and control over another person in the same intimate relationship. DV can include physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, psychological intimidation, threat, verbal abuse, stalking, isolation and/or financial control.

How to arrange for an exam
The forensic nurse examiner is available 24 hours a day to provide you with services. The examination may be scheduled by you, law enforcement, the hospital, family, friends or an advocate.

Call (505) 884-7263 to dispatch a forensic nurse examiner

Law enforcement does not need to be involved for you to be examined.

The exam will be conducted in our clinic in a caring, respectful, and supportive manner.

An advocate, in most cases, will be able to provide other support and information.

Follow-up services are offered at the conclusion of your exam.

SANE services are totally free and confidential.

Common Myths About Domestic Violence

An abuse victim must be doing something wrong to provoke her partner to treat her like that.
Reality: No one causes another person to be abusive. Abusers choose to physically/ psychologically control and manipulate their partners. They will selectively abuse them before anyone else, such as a coworker or cousin. It is about power, their sense of entitlement to it over their victim, and nothing else.

Domestic violence victims can leave any time they really want to leave.
Reality: The abuse begins in a relationship only after the victim is emotionally, practically, and/or financially dependent on the abuser. By then it is very difficult to leave, and many abusers will use children, immigration authorities, etc. to further prevent their victim from leaving. Many victims are in the most danger when they choose to leave, or if their abuser has discovered that they are going to flee, and are up to 500% more at risk of violence.

Once an abuse victim, always an abuse victim.
Reality: On average it takes 7 attempts for a victim to permanently leave their abuser. The majority of abuse victims may attempt to leave and return many times before that final time, but that doesn’t mean that they are any less worthy or deserving of support.

He may push her around a little but the abuse doesn’t sound very serious.
Reality: Abusers and victims both minimize the abuse to themselves and the outside world. Outsiders are allowed to see only the “tip of the iceberg” of what actually happens in the relationship, and there are often multiple types of other domestic violence happening when physical violence is present.

Domestic violence only happens in lower class homes.
Reality: Domestic violence happens among couples from all socioeconomic levels, races, genders, sexualities, religions, and more.