Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program


John Peter Smith Hospital is pleased to be a part of the Tarrant County Sexual Assault Response Team and has provided care for adolescents and adult sexual assault victims of all races and populations since the early 1990’s. The SANE Team provides this service for more than 50 police jurisdictions in seven North Texas counties including Tarrant, Wise, Parker Johnson, Hood, Erath and Somervell. The program is staffed by registered nurses who have advanced education and instruction in medical forensic examination and in psychological and emotional trauma. SANE nurses may also provide expert testimony in a court of law.

Our staff realizes this is a frightening, traumatic time for victims. Our SANE nurses are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care in a safe and private environment. Our SANE philosophy of nursing encourages patients to be involved in their plan of care, including:

  • Emotional support
  • Physical examination and wellness check
  • Collection of medical-forensic evidence
  • Assistance with reporting the crime to police, when requested (mandatory reporting for children under 17)
  • Assistance with concerns about sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy and post assault medication administration
  • Assistance with safety planning
  • Development of a medical follow-up plan

Our SANEs are also available to speak to groups and organizations about sexual assault. For more information email Connie Housley RN, BSN, CA-SANE at 


If you are sexually assaulted:

  • Go to a safe place and call someone you can trust
  • Go to JPS Emergency Department or call 911
  • Do not change clothes but bring a change of clothes to the emergency room
  • Do not shower, bathe, or douche
  • Do not brush hair or teeth
  • If possible do not eat, drink or go to the bathroom
  • Do not smoke

It's not too late to report even if you have done any of the above! Come to the hospital or call your local police department.


Organization Phone Number
Emergency Police Assistance 911
JPS Emergency Department 817-702-8783 (24/7)
JPS SANE Program 817-702-7263 (voicemail only)
JPS Emergency Administration 817-702-8822
Tarrant County Rape Crisis Center 817-927-2737
SAFE Haven of Tarrant County 877-701-7233
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
One Safe Place 817-916-4323
National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888
or Text BeFree SMS 233733


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