If you or a friend have been assaulted within the last 6 days, you can go to any ER for a free medical exam. Our advocates will be there to help you through the process and provide comfort. A specially trained nurse will check for injuries to make sure you are okay. The medical exam is totally in your control as you decide what parts you are and are not comfortable doing. The nurse will offer recommended medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections, which may result from the assault. The nurse will also collect DNA evidence should you proceed legally. More resources and answers to your questions are available during the medical forensic exam.
Does this remain confidential?
Yes, from others, but not from your parents if you are under 18. If you go to the hospital as a minor, the nurses are required to contact police who will then contact your parents. If you are 18 and older, the exam is totally confidential.
Who can be there if I go to the hospital?
You are welcome to bring a support person (parent, friend, partner) and you decide how long they stay in the room during the exam. Victim advocates meet you at the hospital to support you as well.
What can I expect in a medical forensic exam?
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Is this my fault?
No, victims are never to blame for sexual assault. The person who did this is the only one responsible. A victim is never to blame. Consent to kiss is not consent to sex. Consent to drink is not consent to sex. Consent to wearing a mini skirt or low-cut top is not consent to sex.
Who can be sexually assaulted?
Any person of any age, any gender, or any sexual orientation can be sexually assaulted by a relative, partner, friend, acquaintance, or stranger.
Was I sexually assaulted?
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact. It includes all touching, kissing, and intercourse when you did not give consent. No one has the right to touch your body without your permission. Sexual assault does not have to be violent. It can happen between two people in a romantic relationship. It can happen in relationships with family members, friends, acquaintances, and with strangers. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault. Everyone who experiences sexual assault needs support and care for their emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing.