More than 80 people gathered to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Gail
Burns-Smith Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program on Jan. 26, 2016, in
the State Capitol’s Old Judiciary Room. Speakers included Chief Court
Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III; Laura Cordes, executive director of
the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence; Linda J. Cimino, director
Office of Victim Services; Sen. Terry Gerratana, co-chair of the Public
Health Committee; Maureen Platt, state’s attorney for the Waterbury Judicial
District; and Dr. Guy Vallaro, director of the Connecticut Forensic Science
The Office of Victim Services, was authorized in 2009 to establish a program to train and make available Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFEs) to adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault at participating healthcare facilities. More than 900 patients have been assisted through the program.
Participating hospitals are: Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Windham Hospital, University of Connecticut Student Health Services in Storrs, Midstate Medical Center, Middlesex Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. There currently are 28 sexual assault forensic examiners, and the program has trained an additional 53 health care professionals.