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S.A.N.E.

If you want the S.A.N.E. to collect these pieces of clothing as evidence, then yes. If you are not wearing these pieces of clothing, please place them in a paper bag and give them to the S.A.N.E. upon arrival.

Where can I get medical care?

If you need medical care after a sexual assault, there are Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.s) who have been specially trained to perform sexual assault exams. They have years of nursing experience and have undergone additional training. These exams are free of cost to you and may be done within 5 days (120 hours) after an assault. You are able to bypass the hospital if an exam is all that is needed. This speeds up the process for you and will keep you from incurring any unnecessary costs.

If you have additional injuries, such as broken bones or you were strangled/choked in a sexual assault, you should go to your local Emergency Room. Once there, let your nurse or doctor know that you would like a sexual assault advocate and they will call the Women’s Resource Center Rape Crisis Center on your behalf. An advocate can assist you in receiving an exam from a S.A.N.E.

What happens during a sexual assault medical examination?

Every exam is different. This is based on what decisions you make about the exam and the type of sexual assault. The most common type of exam follows this order:

  • Health questions-surgeries, medications, health history
  • Narrative of the assault-this is your words written down by the S.A.N.E. exactly as you say them
  • Oral swabbing-the S.A.N.E. will swab your cheeks, lips, tongue, etc. to get your DNA
  • Pictures-if there are any visible injuries, the S.A.N.E. will document them with a camera
  • Pelvic exam-this is similar to a gynecological examination
  • Medications-STI and pregnancy prevention

This entire process is completed within a few hours. The S.A.N.E. will go as quickly or slowly as you are comfortable with and an advocate will be with you during the entire process.

Should I have a medical examination and evidence collection even if I am unsure about making a police report?

It is your decision and we will support whatever decision you make. You can speak with an advocate about if evidence collection is the right thing for you. It’s never a bad idea to receive medical care, especially after a sexual assault. If during your medical care you would also like evidence collection, the S.A.N.E. will be able to collect that evidence during the process of her examination. If you choose to have evidence collected but wish not to report at that time, it will be stored as a “Jane Doe/Anonymous” kit and will be stored anonymously with the law enforcement jurisdiction where the assault happened. This kit will be stored for at least 5 years (in some jurisdictions, more). You may call the Rape Crisis Center or law enforcement at any time and report this crime. At that time, they will open the kit and begin the investigation.

I’ve already showered/bathed after the sexual assault. Does this mean I can’t get an exam?

No, an exam is primarily for your health care. You are still able to choose to have evidence collected after you have eaten, drank, showered, and gone to the bathroom. While it is best if you refrain from eating or showering, it is still completely possible to have evidence collected.

Should I bring the clothes that I was wearing during the assault to the exam?

No, an exam is primarily for your health care. You are still able to choose to have evidence collected after you have eaten, drank, showered, and gone to the bathroom. While it is best if you refrain from eating or showering, it is still completely possible to have evidence collected.

I’m not really sure if it was rape or I don’t remember what happened, so am I eligible for an exam?

If you feel like something just isn’t right with your body but you weren’t conscious or you don’t remember, you can still get an exam. While an exam will not tell you definitively if you were raped, it can collect any evidence that might be there and the S.A.N.E. can provide medical care to see if you are injured. You can speak with an advocate who can provide information about rape and sexual assault.

I just want to be tested for STIs and nothing else. Can I do that?

We do not test for STIs, we will give you medicine to prevent them. You can choose whichever parts of the exam are right for you.