Forensic Nurse Professionals, Inc.

Forensic Nurse Professionals

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Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are experienced Registered Nurses with special education to conduct objective medical-legal forensic examinations on reported victims and suspects of sexual assault events. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners may be called as experts, in court proceedings,  by prosecution or defense.

Forensic Nurse Professionals is an independent sexual assault resource center, located in Simi Valley, California.

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Sexual Assault

           If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Immediately, or as soon as you feel comfortable, notify the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the event took place. Why? Because not every hospital is equipped to care for sexual assault patients. Law enforcement knows where the SANE programs are and will make sure that you get a forensic examination, if you want one, at no cost to you.   

You may have heard that you should not take a shower, brush your teeth, change your clothes, or eat or drink anything. Of course, it is best to have a forensic medical examination as soon as possible, when the suspect is in question, but please, do not let that stop you from getting a forensic examination.  If you have taken a shower, brushed your teeth, or changed your clothes, don't let that stop you from making this important report. You have 5 to 7 days to make that initial call for an acute exam. Anything after that will be evaluated as a non-acute exam, which can still be very valuable for reasons assessed on a case by case basis. The nurse examiner may want to collect your clothes. If you have changed your clothes, and still have the clothes you were wearing, law enforcement may want to collect them, or bring them with you to the exam. Bring some extra clothes with you to wear home from the exam in case your clothing is collected.   It is not uncommon for someone to wait a period of time before deciding to  report a sexual assault.   


Although the world is full of suffering; It is also full of overcoming it.

                                              -Helen Keller 

Forensic Nurse Professionals

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The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

  • The forensic nurse will meet you and       explain her/his role as an objective,       impartial medical professional.
  • An advocate will be called to help support       you through the process.
  • The nurse will take a medical history and      make sure that you are alright.
  • The nurse examiner will conduct      a      private interview so you can tell what      happened and how you feel.
  • The nurse will physically examine you       and take photographs of any findings the       examiner might observe.
  • The nurse examiner will collect      specimens to be analyzed by the crime      lab.
  • The nurse examiner will discuss with you       and provide preventative measures for      sexually transmitted infections (STI) and      pregnancy.
  • The nurse examiner will give you      information and referrals for your care.
  • You may ask the nurse examiner      anything that you have questions about.
  • You will be discharged with Aftercare      Instructions. If you do not feel safe going      to your home, arrangements      will be      make for a place where you can feel safe.
  • The forensic report and evidence will be       turned over to law enforcement for       investigation.
  • If you decide that you do not want the      investigation to go forward, at the time of      your report, you may have your evidence      kit held for an agreed upon period of      time, until you decide what you want to      do. You may want to go forward or you      may not want to go forward with the      investigation, at that time. You will be      notified before the  time expires for the      evidence kit (SEAK) to be destroyed. 



Cari Caruso RN SANE-A is a Board Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner who has extensive experience conducting forensic examinations on reported victims and suspects of sexual assault events. Her testimony, as an expert witness, has been heard, at the behest of both prosecution and defense.

Cari has been a Registered Nurse since 1974 and had practiced in several acute areas such as Emergency Department, Pediatrics, Pediatrics Emergency Department, Women’s Health, GI Lab, Post-Partum, charge nurse of a surgical floor, and clinical positions, including a being a Camp Nurse, prior to entering the forensic nursing arena. She has taught others and been a mentor in the field of forensic nursing. She is a Charter Member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. 

Member of the Los Angeles County Panel of Experts

Reviews include:

  • Forensic Examination Records and      Photographs
  • Law Enforcement Reports
  • Court Transcripts
  • Witness Statements
  • Interviews
  • Medical Records
  • Crime Lab Reports
  • Other Relevant Documents


CV and Fee Schedule available upon request

805 522-9939

It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

-Arthur Conan Doyle


Cari Is an instructor of forensic nursing education courses including the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course for Adult/Adolescent examiners and the Sexual Assault Examination for Pediatric examiners, Human Abuse Injuries, and an Elder  Abuse course.

She has been published.

Cari is a Charter Member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Courses are available through the University of California, Riverside, Extension: 

  Forensic Nurse Professionals 

         Cari Caruso RN SANE-A

   is a Continuing Education Provider

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How may I assist you?

Sexual assault can happen to anyone...
men and women. Take care and be safe.

Forensic Nurse Professionals, Inc.

(805) 522-9939