- You can be examined and cared for at an emergency room. The sooner you get to the hospital after an assault, the greater your options will be.
- Preventative treatments for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are more effective.
- Evidence collection is an option. You do not need to report to the police to have evidence collected, but if you do have evidence collected, you may have more options in the future.
- Toxicology testing is available within the first 96 hours after an assault if there are signs that drugs or alcohol may have facilitated the assault. Ask for a toxicology kit during your hospital visit if you think you might have been drugged.
- Try not to bathe, shower, brush your teeth, or go to the bathroom. This is important for preserving evidence. If you already have, it is still possible to collect evidence.
- If possible, do not change your clothes. If you already have, put your clothes in a clean paper bag (not plastic bag), such as a grocery store bag, and bring those clothes with you to the emergency room.
You can get support. A trained sexual assault counselor will meet you at the ER.
If you have concerns about the hospital exam being billed to your insurance, or to your parents’ insurance, don’t worry. The hospital forensic exam is free of charge.
You can choose not to go to the ER and still get support by calling our Hotline at (951) 686- RAPE or 1-866-686-RAPE. No matter what decisions you make, know that you have done the best that you can.