It is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible following an assault. Treatment for injuries, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV medication are all options, in addition to a forensic exam.
A forensic exam, completed by a medical practitioner, is the process through which physical evidence is collected. This evidence could be used in a judicial case, if the victim chooses to pursue charges. Physical evidence can include photo documentation of injuries, collection of fluids (blood, semen, urine, saliva) and other identifiable objects (hair, clothing with potential DNA). Forensic exams are free of charge to victims of assault and will not be billed to the victim or the insurance company.
If evidence is to be collected, encourage the survivor to not eat, drink, smoke, shower or change clothes if possible. You can receive medical attention without collecting forensic evidence. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specially trained and certified to assist in the medical process related to forensic exams and are available at numerous locations. Forensic evidence can be collected up to 96 hours after an assault has occurred.
The following locations provide comprehensive care:
Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (forensic evidence collection available)
300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Lankenau Hospital – 100 E. Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096 (forensic evidence collection available)
Bryn Mawr Hospital – 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (forensic evidence collection available)
Non Urgent Care
SJU Student Health Center – Sourin Hall, 1st Floor
(Forensic exams are not available at SHC. Other medical options may be limited at the SHC. Staff can coordinate appropriate referrals .)