ACLU-PA Position: Supports
SB 1172 would increase accessibility to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) by expanding Penn State University's SAFE-T Program. The program utilizes telehealth to ensure all victims have access to proper care provided by SANEs and allows for continued training, and connects examiners to a peer network. This would improve access, treatment, and accurate prosecution for those experiencing sexual assault.
Specifically, SB 1172 would:
- Require that patients are admitted to an exam room within 90 minutes of their arrival at the care facility;
- Create a structured complaint system based on current standards of care outlined in 28 Pa. Code § 117.52; and
- Ensure widespread public access by establishing a webpage with a comprehensive list of hospitals and their SANE capabilities.