Safe Haven advocates are available to survivors at the hospital immediately following a sexual assault or domestic violence assault 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Advocates provide survivors and co-survivors with crisis intervention before, after, and during an exam, awareness of options and resources, and support their decisions.
DNA evidence from a crime like sexual assault can be collected from the crime scene, but it can also be collected from your body, clothes, and other personal belongings. You may choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam, sometimes known as a “rape kit,” to preserve possible DNA evidence and receive important medical care. You don’t have to report the crime to have an exam, but the process gives you the chance to safely store evidence should you decide to report at a later time. (RAINN)
It is recommended that individuals 15 years of age and younger have a forensic exam within 72 hours after an incident has occurred and that individuals 16 years and older have an exam within 96 hours. Anyone who has experienced a sexual assault should try to refrain from showering, urinating, brushing teeth, smoking, eating, drinking or changing clothing prior to the exam (source: www.avitahealth.org).
Safe Haven Advocates are available to provide support to survivors in local emergency rooms.