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Post Assault Medical Exam


Exams are confidential. You don’t have to make a report.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can examine you and even collect evidence without you making a report to law enforcement. Evidence may be collected within 7 days of the assault (although 4 days is ideal) and kept in an anonymous kit so that you have the option to decide to report in the future.

A SANE can answer questions about:

  • pregnancy risks
  • sexually transmitted infection risks and prophylactics
  • follow up care
  • medications, such as emergency contraception

You can request for an advocate or someone you are comfortable with to be present throughout the exam.

If you are considering a forensic exam:

  • try not to bathe, shower, urinate or change your clothes
  • bring a change of clothes with you

You can stop an exam at any time. The SANE will explain the process to you, but if any time you don’t feel comfortable doing something you can ask to stop the exam.

What can I expect during an exam? The SANE will talk with you about what happened and then perform a head-to-toe physical exam to check for any injuries along with collect forensic evidence. Evidence collection includes recording a history of events, documenting any visible injuries as well as swabbing areas of your body for possible DNA. After the exam you and the SANE will discuss your options for treatment and testing as well as make a plan for follow up care.

Do I have to pay for it? Will it show up on my student health bill? You do not have to pay for exam or testing and medications. Your student account or student health insurance will not be billed. Some STI medications or treatments outside of what is covered may have to be paid for out of pocket. A SANE can talk with you about your options in treatment and follow up care.

What if I was under the influence of drugs or alcohol? A SANE will not notify anyone of underage drinking or drug use. Their first concern is making sure that you are not injured. If you aren’t quite sure what happened, but are worried that you may have been assaulted seeking healthcare is an option, and if you choose, specialized exams are also an option.

What if i’m outside the timeframe to collect evidence? Should I still seek medical care? A SANE’s biggest concern is your physical and psychological health.  Even if you are outside of the evidence collection timeframe, it is important that you seek healthcare.  If you are not ready to talk about your assault, STI and pregnancy testing as well as general healthcare are available.