It is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible following an assault. Treatment for injuries, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV medication and pregnancy prevention 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.
The following locations provide the most comprehensive care, including forensic evidence collection:
Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center
100 E Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Lankenau Hospital - 100 E. Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Bryn Mawr Hospital - 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Non Urgent Care
SJU Student Health Center - Sourin Hall, 1st Floor