Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, Ph.D., FAAN , Col. (ret)

Dr. Linda E. Ledray founded the Minneapolis, Minnesota based Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), one of the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-SART) programs,in 1977 and was its director and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota through 2009. She has taught nationally and internationally on the topic of victim assistance, SANE-SART program development, and program evaluation. Dr. Ledray is currently a partner consultant on the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKITTA) assisting communities across the US identify and process previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. She leads a SART training team as part of this initiative to ensure all evidence kits collected are submitted in the future.

Dr. Ledray is a retired US Army Colonel. She was stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany and was mobilized in support of Operation Desert Storm. She was chief nurse of the 5501st Army General Hospital and the 114th Combat Support Hospital. She was a subject matter expert to the Armed Forces Joint Commission on Sexual Assault and has consulted with Army, Navy, and Air Force bases throughout the world assisting with sexual assault response program development and training. She has also qualified as an expert in sexual assault and Forensic Nursing military court.

Dr. Ledray has published many articles and books including Recovering from Rape (1994) and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide (1999) and Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A resource for professionals (2Ed 2013). She is a founding member of The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She was involved in the development of the first SANE-A certification through IAFN and is a founding member of the IAFN Forensic Nurse Certification Board. She was also on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing from 2005 when it was initially launched through 2013.