The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.
Sexual Assault Health and Forensic Services Training Institute (SAFETI)
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault in partnership with area hospitals, the Medical Society of the State of New York and The New York Academy of Medicine currently develops, offers, and evaluates a series of Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner training programs available to local medical professionals. After the passage of the Sexual Assault Reform Act (SARA), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) began to develop standards for “approving SAFE hospital programs, approving programs that train individual SAFE examiners, and certifying individual SAFE examiners.” As a DOH-approved training program, SAFETI ensures that victims of sexual assault are provided with” competent, compassionate and prompt care, while providing the most advanced technology associated with DNA and other sexual assault forensic evidence collection and preservation.” Beginning with the 40-hour Basic Safe Course, the Alliance has since expanded the offerings to include an advanced course, a pediatric course, a mock trial course, and a preceptorship course.SAFETI consists of two groups. The Curriculum Committee oversees credit requirements, instruction improvement, curriculum standards, and evaluation of new programs and other subjects related to SAFE training policy and curriculum. The Management Office plans, develops, and administers programs and activities as agreed upon with the Curriculum Committee and represents SAFETI's interests at city, state, and national levels.
Dr. Lorraine Giordano, MD, NY-SAFE. Curriculum Committee Co-Chair
Karen Carrol, RN, SAFE-A, NY-SAFE, Curriculum Committee Co-Chair
Julia Hochstadt, LMSW, Curriculum Committee Secretary
Brigitte Alexander, MD Bronx SART Medical Director and Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, North Central Bronx Hospital, Jacobi Medical Center
Eileen Allen RN, FN-CSA, Monmouth County SANE Coordinator
Lydia M. de Castro, Criminalist level IV supervisor in the Department of Forensic Biology, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Lisa Friel, Assistant District Attorney, Chief, Sex Crimes Unit, NY County District Attorney’s Office
Sue Morley, Special Advisor for Investigations, Administration for Children’s Services
Sgt. Grace-Marie O’Donnell, Special Victims Division, New York Police Department
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