Lori Moynihan

Last week we began our series introducing Ray of Hope team members who are instrumental in our child abuse response. Medical assessments following allegations of abuse are integral to the services provided at Ray of Hope. A sound medical exam has numerous benefits for the child, family and ongoing investigation. A medical assessment allows for the collection of photographic or DNA evidence in a timely manner in a safe, child-friendly location and ensures the child’s body is healthy and healing properly, which can be very reassuring.


Lori Moynihan, RN, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nurse Examiner


Ray of Hope relies on Lori Moynihan as our forensic nurse examiner. Colleagues note Lori’s incredible ability to connect with child abuse victims and provide care and comfort during an emotionally difficult process. Lori also exudes professionalism and is highly regarded within the legal system. So let’s learn a little more about Lori…


What specialized training is required for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)?


The starting point for a career in forensic nursing is becoming a registered nurse. This requires either an associate or a bachelor’s degree, which takes two to four years, then passing the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs. 40 hours of additional training are required to become a SANE nurse for adults and 40 hours as a SANE pediatric nurse.


What is a SANE?


A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has completed special education and clinical preparation to provide expert healthcare services and forensic care to a patient (and their families) who has experienced a sexual assault. SANEs are skilled in taking patient histories, assessing and treating trauma response and injury, collecting and managing evidence, providing the emotional and social support needed during a post trauma evaluation and examination, documenting injury, and providing testimony required to compel such cases through the legal system.


SANEs work collaboratively with other community responders including those in advocacy, law enforcement, and the legal system.


What is the most difficult thing about your job?


Seeing all the children who are affected by abuse. It is unbelievably difficult for a child to disclose abuse, and tragically, they are not always believed. Sometimes it is just too hard for adults to process that abuse is happening to their child. It’s easier to block it out. But we can’t simply ignore hurting children crying out for help.


What is the most rewarding?


The most rewarding part of my job is working with victims and their families, being able to provide comfort, support and understanding during such a traumatic time. I want them to  know that someone cares.