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SAFE Adult/Adolescent (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) Course

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Become a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner 40-hour Adult/Adolescent Course

Live Virtual Course Dates: November 15, 16, 17

Coursework Dates: November 17 – December 17

Clinical Day: November 27

Pricing: $675: Full participation

Course Description

The objectives of this course address the development of skillful assessment techniques, thorough understanding of the dynamics of rape and intimate partner violence, and the mechanics of injury which provide a solid foundation for working with survivors. Although the curriculum prioritizes the importance of the victim’s treatment and recovery, it also recognizes the importance of evidence collection, objective documentation, and the need to provide testimony based on professional experience. This course combines the knowledge and expertise of a nationally and internationally recognized faculty with a variety of educational methods to give participants the maximum opportunity for professional growth in this advanced practice role. In addition, this course will combine classroom sessions with an online independent study. The course has been certified by New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). Upon completion of all course requirements, course participants will be able to use the Certificate of Completion for certification purposes as SAFENY with NYS DOH.

Who Should Take this Course

The course prepares licensed physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse mid-wives to provide comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and evidence collection for adult / adolescent survivors of sexual violence.


SAFETI is a NYS Department of Health and IAFN-certified training program for licensed medical professionals in New York City who wish to become Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFEs).
Certified in August 2004, SAFETI trains upwards of 100 healthcare professionals each year. These SAFE training courses are open to NYS-licensed physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives. These training courses prepare medical professionals to provide high quality trauma-informed, comprehensive and compassionate care to survivors of sexual assault.


Contact Anita Krasniqi, SAFE Coordinator email

FREE SAFE Skills Lab Training

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

SAFE Skills Lab Training September 19, 2023

For medical professionals who have completed the 40-hour introductory SAFE course



Tuesday, September 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Virtual via Zoom

Course Fee:


Course Description:

Skills Lab fulfills the NYS DOH preceptorship requirements, and helps participants submit paperwork necessary to become a Certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE in NY.
The course is an excellent way for SAFEs to refresh their skills and knowledge base in the areas of evidence collection, interviewing techniques, and more under the supervision of an experienced NYS and International Association of Forensic Nurses certified SAFE/SANE.


Contact Anita Krasniqi, SAFE Coordinator email

The Kering Foundation Will Host Its Second Annual Caring For Women Dinner in New York

Published on: July 18, 2023

To Celebrate Its 15th Anniversary, the Foundation Will Raise Funds to Benefit NGOs That Address Gender-Based Violence and Support Survivors

Co-Chairs include Salma Hayek Pinault and François-Henri Pinault, Oprah Winfrey, and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai

NEW YORK, July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Kering Foundation will raise funds through its second annual Caring For Women Dinner to benefit NGOs that address gender-based violence. Co-chaired by Salma Hayek PinaultFrançois-Henri PinaultZoë Kravitz, Cindy ShermanChristy Turlington BurnsOlivia WildeOprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai, the sold-out event will take place on Tuesday, September 12th at The Pool in Manhattan. The inaugural Caring For Women Dinner raised over 3 million dollars.

This year, net proceeds will benefit the Malala Fund, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)and New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Lisa Ling and attended by Kering’s Houses, including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, and Pomellato, as well as friends from Christie’s, Ginori 1735, Cartier, Caruso, Hearst, and Neiman Marcus Group, among others, this year’s event will revolve around the theme “Strength In Numbers.”

“Among the many lessons learned since creating the Kering Foundation is that there is enormous strength in community, and gathering together a strong coalition of friends, partners, and allies at the Caring For Women Dinner is one way we can take collective action to address this systemic but solvable problem,” says François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kering and Chairman of the Kering Foundation. “Despite alarming setbacks for women’s rights around the world, there has been heartening progress to address violence against women in the last 15 years, and we must continue to harness the power of collaboration and solidarity to ensure that all women can lead fulfilling lives free from violence.”

Salma Hayek Pinault and François-Henri Pinault / Photo credit: Clint Spaulding
Salma Hayek Pinault and François-Henri Pinault / Photo credit: Clint Spaulding
Kering Foundation
Kering Foundation

Since 2008, the Kering Foundation has worked toward a world free from gender-based violence by partnering with local, feminist NGOs in six countries. By supporting survivor-centered services, implementing programs to break the intergenerational cycle of violence for future generations, and mobilizing internal and external networks to take action for gender equality, the Foundation aims to reduce and ultimately eradicate gender-based violence.

Aligned with the Foundation’s core values, the organizations chosen to receive funds from the Caring For Women Dinner are:

Malala Fund: An organization dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses, Malala Fund was founded by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate, and her father Ziauddin. By amplifying girls’ voices, holding leaders accountable, advocating for resources and policy change, and investing in local education activists in regions where the most girls are missing out on secondary school, Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead. Funds raised will support Afghan organizations providing alternative learning opportunities for girls living under the girls’ education ban and global advocacy to pressure the Taliban government to reopen girls’ secondary schools.

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault: The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault was founded in 1999 to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research, and advocacy. The Alliance works closely with local leaders and stakeholders to develop and implement promising practices and policies, raise public awareness, and create sustainable change for survivors. Funds raised will support the Alliance’s Project DOT, a unique, research-backed sexual violence prevention program that works with at-risk youth, training and empowering them to become impactful organizers and change-makers to combat sexual violence in their own communities.  

NNEDV: A leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates in the US, NNEDV represents the 56 state and U.S. territorial coalitions against domestic violence who in turn represent 2,000 local domestic violence programs and the millions of survivors served annually. Funds raised will support NNEDV and the Independence Project, a credit-building microloan program for survivors of domestic violence who experience many forms of financial abuse. NNEDV tracks and reports survivors’ payments to the three credit bureaus to help build a good credit history.

About the Kering Foundation

Worldwide, 1 in 3 women is or will be a victim of violence during her lifetime. Since 2008, the Kering Foundation combats this violence that affects all cultures and all social classes. To maximize its impact, the Foundation works with a limited number of local partners in six countries: France, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United States and Korea.

The Foundation supports local organizations that provide comprehensive and tailored services to women survivors, and works to change behaviors and attitudes by engaging youth, in particular boys, to promote gender equality. In 2019, the Kering Foundation began supporting programs to address the origins of gender-based violence, in order to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse.

The Foundation also seeks to create safe and supportive workplaces for survivors, both at Kering and through mobilizing other companies. In 2018, with the FACE Foundation, the Kering Foundation founded “One in Three Women”, the first European network of companies engaged against gender-based violence.

About Kering

A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods and Jewelry: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear and Kering Beauté. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow’s Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”. In 2022, Kering had over 47,000 employees and revenue of €20.4 billion.


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Alliance Statement on the Overturn of Roe vs Wade

We support choice today. And we will support choice tomorrow

The Alliance commits to an active role in the struggle for reproductive justice in response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
The right to the choice not to continue with an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy is an essential, non-negotiable component of the support that survivors of sexual violence deserve after sexual assault.
In standing with survivors, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault supports ready, safe, and unrestricted abortion access in our city and beyond. We deplore today’s decision by the Supreme Court to strike down Roe vs. Wade. Today’s decision will not end abortions in the United States – but it will make abortion much less safe and more difficult to obtain. Today’s decision will disproportionately impact BIPOC communities as well as pregnant people from other marginalized identities. This is a justice issue. And we pledge to do everything within our power to advocate for survivors’ access to abortions if they want them through policy and activism.


Alliance Senior Prevention Coordinator Interviewed About the Impact of the Roe Decision

Senior Prevention Coordinator Shilpy Chatterjee was recently interviewed in Urdu on Voice of America, a news channel with over 4 million subscribers across various platforms and is broadcast across the world.

US Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion: Will the Struggle for Women’s Rights be Affected? — Voice of America

Feminist activists are concerned about the US Supreme Court’s removal of constitutional protections for the right to abortion. Shilpy Chatterjee of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault says the decision has pushed [back the progress of] women’s rights movements.

“Abortion has always existed, it is as old as pregnancy. By overturning Roe vs Wade now it is being made unsafe and life threatening.”

This interview is in Urdu and can be viewed below!

Rejecting Title IX TERFs

Alliance statement written by Senior Campus Coordinator, Sam Skaller .E.R.F stands for “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist,” a term credited to Viv Smythe in 2008. It is commonly used as “a shorthand to describe one cohort of feminists who self-identify as radical and are unwilling to recognise transgender women as sisters, unlike those of us who do.”

While coined in 2008, the exclusion of Trans folks in so-called feminist spaces unfortunately originates much earlier in our history.

The term “TERF” is central to the current public discourse surrounding the upcoming release of the Biden Administration’s Department of Education’s new Title IX Regulations. It is rumored that the new draft rules will redefine “sex” to “gender” and “gender identity.” This potential change in language alone would be a massive win for Trans student rights to an education free from discrimination.

The backlash to this possible progress takes form in TERF rhetoric and ideology. For example, so-called feminists, often holding a combination of white heterosexual skinny cisgender womananhoods and other privileged identities, are being given platforms in some of the most major national news outlets to share their thoughts about pending changes to Title IX. TERF opinion pieces are arguing that any Biden Administration re-write to the draft rule would “erase women and undermine constitutional liberties” while others baselessly claim that allowing trangender women to participate in college athletics takes away opportunities for cisgender women. 

As we await the draft changes to Title IX for the second year in a row, we at the Alliance will continue to reiterate that trans women are women, nonbinary folks are nonbinary folks, and trans men are men. No matter what the future holds for Title IX, the Alliance will remain unwavering in our support for trans students’ right to an education free from discrimination. 

Visit our Campus Program page to read additional Title IX statements written in the past several years and to stay up-to-date on the upcoming changes to Title IX.

Virtual Panel Discussion Recording – Defending Bodily Autonomy: Abortion Access & the Sexual Violence Prevention

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On June 24, 2022 the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Ending our constitutional right to abortion undoubtedly impacts survivors and victims of sexual violence. Click the heading above to access the full recording of a virtual panel discussion highlighting the intersections between abortion access and the sexual violence prevention movement. Through an action-oriented lens alongside legal, medical, and education experts we will discuss how everyone can get involved in defending bodily autonomy in a post-Roe America. Available on Youtube!

We Are Thrilled to Announce the Relaunch of our Campus Program!

A note from Sam Skaller, Senior Campus Coordinator:

I am so excited to be back at the Alliance as the Senior Campus Coordinator! For this momentous day in the Alliance’s history, I wanted to share some thoughts:

As we rebuild this organization, take accountability for the past, and strive to rebuild community trust, I feel grateful to be back aiding these ongoing efforts. In the spirit of new beginnings, it is my absolute pleasure to officially relaunch the Campus Program today!

First, we are now able to offer in-person and virtual trainings and workshops to colleges and universities through our Campus Training Institute (CTI). Our training menus for students, faculty, and staff range in content and can be catered to the specific needs of YOUR campus communities. Second, we are able to help support New York colleges and universities in their creation, promotion, dissemination, and/or analysis of Campus Sexual Violence Climate Surveys compliant with NYS Education Law 129b., “Enough is Enough.” Lastly, we plan to launch our student volunteer programs in the Fall of 2022 for eligible NYC students passionate about getting involved in campus sexual violence prevention. More details about all of this can be found on our website here.

To celebrate the relaunch of the Campus Program and observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we’re thrilled to invite you to one of our upcoming SAAM events dedicated to cyber-sexual violence awareness for students. On April 18th at 5:30 pm EST I will be facilitating a workshop entitled, “Swipe Left On Dating (App) Violence.” Registration is open to everyone, especially high school and college students, parents, school administrators, and advocates. Registration can be found here.

On behalf of the Alliance’s Campus Program, we are so excited to be back supporting campus sexual violence prevention efforts and look forward to all of the good work we can do together!

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