Bill to improve care of sexual assault survivors signed into law

Legislation that would study the shortage of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) in Washington state was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. Rep. Gina McCabewho co-chairs the  Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, or “SAFE,” Task Force, sponsored the bill.

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

“It's critical we address the shortage of SANEs, especially in rural areas of our state, and this study will be the first step to ensuring sexual assault survivors receive the care they need,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale.

SANEs provide necessary examinations and follow-up appointments for survivors of sexual assault, and provide specialized skills helpful in prosecuting criminals.

The bill will take effect June 8, 2016.

PHOTO: Rep. Gina McCabe's House Bill 2711 is signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee March 29, 2016.

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