The course was taught by experts in the areas of forensic nursing (which involves providing treatment and care for the patient while collecting evidence), law enforcement, advocacy and criminal prosecution. Emphasis was on the overall importance of the role of the SANE and their role in the interdisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
Angela received training specific to the nursing process for the medical and forensic evaluation of patients who have experienced sexual assault. She learned how to apply forensic history, how to examine a victim and how to establish credibility as an expert witness in a trial setting. A vitally important part was learning the collaboration process necessary among hospital clinicians, local law enforcement agencies, and area victim advocates in the providing comprehensive care of sexual assault and domestic violence patients.
Angela and her husband, Randy live in Allerton with their daughter, MaryAnn. Angela is active in attending her daughter’s sporting events, spending time with family, and staying active in the community group ‘Friends of Allerton”.
For anyone who lives in fear, if you find yourself in immediate danger, call 911.For assistance call the Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 942-0333; Children & Families of Iowa Crisis Line (515) 243-6147.
For more information on this program, please call Angela Downs, EMT, RN at 641-872-2260.