The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.
Newsletter: Winter 2005: Forensic Healthcare Program News
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training
In September, 49 New York City clinicians attended the first New York State Department of Health Accredited Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training program, sponsored by the Alliance and led by Dr. Donna Gaffney of Seton Hall University. This training was the Alliance's first time offering two days of the SAFE curriculum on-line. The on-line feature makes the SAFE course accessible to many busy clinicians, whose schedule might not otherwise allow them time-enough to complete the training.
Training more health providers to perform a compassionate, comprehensive, and evidentiary Sexual Assault Forensic Exams is part of the Alliance's strategy to improve NYC's public health response to sexual violence. Making the public aware that specially trained, sensitive clinicians will be available to them if they go to an Emergency Room in the wake of a sexual assault will hopefully mean that more victims pursue much-needed health care. Moreover, training in thorough medical care and the collection of high quality evidence during a sexual assault exam will help to improve the criminal justice response to rape.
The September training is the first of two SAFE trainings the Alliance will sponsor this year. The next training is scheduled for March. Registration forms are available on the Alliance website, at
Other FHP Issues and Priorities
Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Kits:
The forum will involve representatives from public and private hospitals, leaders from city and state-level law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, city and state-level government officials, as well as SAFE program leaders and Rape Crisis organizers. Details about the policy forum will be made available on this Alliance's website as they emerge.
"A Look Back" By Anastasia, a facilitator