Energy and Commerce Committee

Oversight and Investigations

E&C Leaders Question State Hospital Associations About Accessibility of Rape Kits


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) sent letters to a sample of state hospital associations regarding the availability of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (“SAFE kits”).

The letters to various state hospital associations highlight a 2016 report on Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFEs) by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) which found that the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) “does not meet the need for exams within their states.”

“Not all hospitals employ SANEs or...

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Letters to State Hospital Associations Regarding the Accessibility of Rape Kits


Excerpt: “Not all hospitals employ SANEs or provide SAFE rape kits to patients, and there are no federal requirements regarding the availability of SANEs in health care facilities. According to the GAO, a Joint Commission accreditation standard requires that hospitals ‘establish policies for identifying and assessing possible victims of sexual assault and to train staff on those policies, each hospital is responsible for determining the level of specificity of such policies, including the minimum level of training required of its medical...


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Oversight and Investigations


Responsible for conducting oversight and investigations of any matter related to the jurisdiction of the full committee.