For Immediate Release - December 07, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley Applauds Governor Patrick on Restoring Funds to Vital Victim Assistance Program

BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement today, applauding Governor Deval Patrick for restoring $1 million in funding to the nationally recognized Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, after the program's budget was significantly impacted by the most recent 9C cuts:

"A victim of sexual assault should not feel like they do not have the support or resources to help them get through a terrifying ordeal. Governor Patrick recognized that fact and restored crucial funding back to the Commonwealth's SANE program," Attorney General Coakley said. "The nationally-recognized SANE program ensures that adult and child victims of sexual assaults are immediately empowered after the most disempowering of crimes. With a SANE professional the victims receive excellent care while ensuring that forensic evidence is well documented throughout the invasive procedure."

A SANE may be one of the first individuals a victim of sexual assault will encounter after their assault. Trained and certified SANE professionals use state of the art techniques and equipment to collect forensic evidence, which will then be used by law enforcement to investigate and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.