Sexual assault can happen to anyone...
men and women.
Your report of sexual assault will not only open the door to services necessary for your own recovery, but it can also be valuable in the prevention of sexual assault to others.
Patients 12 years of age and older may sign for themselves for the forensic examination.
It is best if evidence collection is done within 96 to 120 hours of the event. Biological evidence deterioriates rapidly and the sooner the event is reported the sooner evidence can be collected and the more likely that biological evidence can be recovered.
Exams are done with the authorization of law enforcement. The forensic sexual assault exam is at no cost to the patient.
If you have not notified law enforcement, the sexual assault center will assist you with that process.
Forensic Nurse Professionals
Simi Valley, California
Immediately notify the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the event took place. Why? Because not every hospital is equipped to care for sexual assault patients. If you go to a hospital, that does not have a sexual assault program, you may be charged for an unnecessary visit. Law enforcement knows which SANE programs they use and will make sure that you get a forensic examination.
It is best not to take a shower, brush your teeth, or eat or drink anything.
Do not change or wash the clothes that you were wearing. The nurse examiner may want to collect your clothes. If you do change your clothes, give the clothes you were wearing, to law enforcement; it may contain valuable evidence. Bring some extra clothes with you to wear home from the exam in case your clothing is collected.
It is not uncommon for someone to wait a period of time before reporting a sexual assault.
If you have taken a shower, brushed your teeth, or had something to eat or drink, don't let that stop you from making this most important report. Remember, you have at least 120 hours to make that initial call for an acute exam. Anything after 120 hours will be evaluated as a non-acute exam, which can still be very valuable for reasons assessed on a case by case basis.
You may call or email the office for more information.