If you are sexually assaulted
If you, or someone you know, has been sexually assaulted, you have 5 days from the time of the assault to be seen by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. To receive a medical/forensic exam, the 5-day window applies to adult victims. Call (505)-884-7263 to talk directly to a SANE.
For pediatric exams (child victims 12 years old and younger), there is a 3-day window for collecting forensic evidence. If it has been more than 5 days since your assault, you are still eligible for other services at SANE.
The nurse examiner will offer you limited services, such as STI prophylaxis or pregnancy testing. You can still receive resources from our follow-up clinic if it has been more than 5+ days since your assault. You will also receive assistance with referrals to services like case management, counseling, restraining orders, etc.
Our SANEs are Safe Zone trained to be better allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Our SANEs are also sex worker-friendly, and have experience serving patients experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness. You must be sober at the time of your visit in order to consent for services.
At the time of your exam, you will be given the option to contact the police about your assault: this is not required. Albuquerque SANE is committed to creating a safe, compassionate environment for victims, and we will not force you to cooperate with police: however, SANEs are mandated reporters for child sexual abuse.
If you are in danger: Dial 911 for help.
If you are experiencing suicidal or homicidal ideation: Dial 988 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.
Blame yourself. This is not your fault. You are a victim of a serious crime and deserve care, resources, and support.
Eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Do not bathe any part of your body post-assault. This includes douching, showering, rinsing your mouth, etc.
Wash, discard, or destroy the clothing that was worn during your assault. This will also destroy forensic evidence left from the crime.
Be prepared to share. We need to hear about your assault in order to treat you: this is entirely self-paced, and we will not rush or judge you.
Bring in the clothing you were wearing during your assault. It can be collected as forensic evidence for your SAEK.
Feel free to bring a loved one. It's okay to need support. We will treat whoever accompanies you as a guest, and make sure they are comfortable.