McCabe’s bill to improve care for sexual assault survivors passes state House

Rep. Gina McCabe's bill that would study the shortage of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) unanimously passed the House.

House Bill 2711 would commission a study to determine the availability of SANEs in Washington, and make recommendations for improvements. The study would be conducted by the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy.

“SANEs provide much-needed services and care to vulnerable, sexual assault survivors. It's important we continue to provide them with safe environments and critical care where they feel well-served and respected,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “There is a major shortage of SANEs in rural areas like the 14th District, and it's important we assess options to increase that number.”

SANEs provide necessary examinations and follow-up appointments for survivors of sexual assault, and provide specialized skills helpful in prosecuting criminals. The bill was derived from the bipartisan Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, or “SAFE,” Task Force McCabe co-chairs.

House Bill 2711 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.

The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 10.


Washington State House Republican Communications