Seek Medical Attention

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse who has received specialized training to provide comprehensive care as well as to conduct a forensic exam for patients who are victims of sexual assault or abuse. A forensic medical exam serves a number of purposes, some of which include documentation of findings and injuries as well as testing and treating for sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy. If you are an adult, a hospital exam will not automatically trigger a police report. Adults have 72 hours after an assault to get an exam without reporting it to the police. Many medical centers also offer sliding fee scales, charity care, and can assist with applying for Crime Victim’s Compensation.

SANE programs in Pierce County include:

Victims’ Rights and Sexual Assault Kits- Victims of Crime

Providence Health: What Is a Rape Kit and Rape Kit Exam? – EndtheBacklog

Medical Information for Rape Survivors: Rape Kits and Evidence Collection Procedures – Pandora’s Project

Fact Sheet: Investments to Reduce the National Rape Kit Backlog and Combat Violence Against Women – The White House

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