For Medical Providers

Many pediatricians and medical providers may not have specialized training and expertise in the area of child sexual abuse.  Referring a family to a Pedi SANE provider ensures that the child’s care is coordinated, comprehensive and specialized.  With the caregiver’s permission, the Pedi SANE provider works in collaboration with the child’s medical provider to deliver the services needed.

If Abuse is Suspected or Disclosed

During normal business hours, (with guardian consent) primary care medical providers may contact the CAC‘s Pedi-SANE to see if it is possible to complete a child’s examination or forensic evidence collection at the CAC instead of in an emergency department. If a child is currently in an emergency department, evidence collection should be done at that hospital. 

  • If a child is under 12 years and abuse has occurred within 72 hours, or if a child reports pain or bleeding

    The child should be seen urgently to assess for injuries and to collect forensic evidence that may be on the child’s body and clothing.

    If the abuse involves oral, vaginal or rectal penetration by a penis, other body part or object, or if there is a concern of bodily secretions (saliva, semen etc) on the child’s body or clothing, forensic evidence collection is indicated and should be done as soon as possible. 

    Most Massachusetts emergency departments who provide care for children have access to the MA Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit and have been trained by the Pedi SANE Program to use these kits as indicated.

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  • If a child is 12 years or older and abuse has occurred within 120 hours, or the child reports bleeding or pain

    The child should be seen urgently to assess for injuries and to collect forensic evidence that may be on the child’s body and clothing. If the abuse involves oral, vaginal or rectal penetration by a penis, other body part or object, or if there is a concern of bodily secretions (saliva, semen, etc.) on the child’s body or clothing, forensic evidence collection should be done as soon as possible. 

    All emergency departments in Massachusetts have access and have been trained to use the MA Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (for patients 12 years and older).  Facilities are MA designated SANE sites where Adult and Adolescent SANE services are available to care for patients 12 years and older on a 24/7 basis. 

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