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Emergency Medical Care

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You Have the Option to Seek Emergency Medical Care.


If you have experienced sexual violence, you deserve care and have the option to seek medical care as soon as possible at a facility that offers sexual assault exams, such as your local hospital emergency department. An examination provides immediate medical care by treating injuries and it serves as a means of collecting evidence through a medical forensic exam, an examination of a sexual assault patient by a health care provider (most often a nurse) who has specialized education and clinical experience in the collection of forensic evidence and treatment of sexual assault patients. Exams are available to anyone who was sexually assaulted regardless of alcohol consumption, drug use, sex work, gender and/or immigration status.

There is no one “right way” to react to a rape or sexual assault. Emotional and physical reactions vary across all individuals and situations—whatever you’re feeling is okay. Please consider calling an advocate if you would like to know more about responses to sexual assault.

Below you will find important information about sexual assault exams and emergency medical care.