One possible option you have after a sexual assault is to seek medical care. (This doesn’t mean you have to file a report to law enforcement.) While it is entirely your decision to seek medical attention, there is a 120 hour timeframe that a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner has to collect any potential forensic evidence. Additional medications are available if one decides to seek medical attention for a sexual assault including emergency contraception and sexually transmitted disease prevention medications. An advocate is available to meet, support and accompany a victim/survivor through this process. The entire forensic exam process is up to the victim/survivor, meaning they have full control over what parts of the exam are completed, and which parts are not. For more information about medical advocacy please contact our confidential hotline at 253-474-7273.

Advocates can:

  • Explain the process of a forensic exam
  • Support through a forensic exam
  • Provide options to a victim/survivor about next steps
  • Connect victim/survivor to appropriate resources

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can:

  • Complete a forensic exam which can include:
    • Collection of forensic evidence
    • Medication for sexually transmitted disease prevention
    • Emergency contraception (within 72 hours of an assault)
    • Recommend further medication/treatment to a doctor