SAFESTAR is a unique model of care that draws upon the strength and resilience of Indigenous women to improve safety and justice outcomes for victims of sexual violence and to provide long-term, compassionate, culturally meaningful, holistic care.
SAFESTAR is designed for those American Indian/Alaska Native communities currently without the capacity to support universal access to SANE services, the SAFESTAR project provides intensive training and technical support to specially selected laypersons and traditional healthcare providers to:
- Deliver emergency First Aid to sexual assault survivors
- Provide referrals for follow-up medical and other care
- Educate communities on the harm caused by sexual violence and lead the way back to healthy, respectful ways of living
- Collect sexual assault forensic evidence to promote increased accountability for perpetrators
SAFESTARs complete a United States Department of Justice (Office on Violence Against Women) approved 40-hour, intensive training course delivered by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), lawyers, Native community health experts, advocates, traditional healers, and experts on tribal governance and community organizing.
The 40-hour course covers emergency First Aid (utilizing the American Heart Association's curriculum); anatomy; an overview of the prevalence, dynamics and responses to the epidemic of sexual violence in American Indian/Alaska Native communities; forensic evidence collection; health care referrals; confidentiality; federal and tribal sexual assault laws; service referrals; and community outreach.
The curriculum incorporates many of the same components of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification course, but is designed for qualified laypersons in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The SAFESTAR course is delivered on-site and is free of charge to American Indian/ Alaska Native communities that have successfully completed an application process through the Southwest Center for Law and Policy and the Office on Violence Against Women.
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