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In a news release by the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS), it was announced that FIU nursing received a $1.5 million grant for a university-based program to train sexual assault nurse examiners for rural and underserved Florida.

Nearly 80 percent of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, in part because of a severe shortage of licensed health care specialists known as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), who help properly secure evidence from survivors of sexual assault, which can lead to higher prosecution rates.

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences and the Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC) at FIU will collaborate with rural health clinics and hospitals on a university-based program to nearly double Florida’s number of SANE-certified nurses to aid sexual assault survivors in rural and underserved communities.

Read the full release to learn more about this partnership.