Individuals who have experienced a recent sexual assault or physical violence are strongly encouraged to visit a hospital, clinic or the University Health Center to assess and address their medical needs.
Note: The University's Health Center does not perform emergency medical care or Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations. However, the Health Center will provide non-emergent care and medical follow up, including attention to injuries and evaluation for STI’s and pregnancy.
A medical exam can assess a victim’s/survivor's injuries and provide necessary medical advice and medication. Victims/survivors should be advised that information provided during a medical exam is confidential and will not be released or shared without the victim’s consent.
Victims/survivors of sexual assault should also know of their option to undergo a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam. These exams are performed by skilled clinicians at local hospitals. The exam includes assessment for and treatment of injury, addressing concerns of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), and collection of evidence.
Victims/survivors of sexual assault should understanding the following information:
Choosing to undergo a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam does not require you to report the violence to police or University administration. However, the exam is strongly recommended, since it will greatly enhance the likelihood of a successful prosecution of the assailant in a criminal case if you choose to report the incident now or in the future.
It's important not to bathe, wash, change clothes or brush your teeth prior to seeking medical attention. If possible, it's also best that you not eat, drink or use the bathroom prior to the exam.
For the purposes of evidence collection, the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam should be conducted within 96 hours of the assault. However, even if 96 hours have elapsed, the exam is still recommended.
The Sexual Assault Forensic Exam is free and does not have to be charged to your insurance.
Information provided during a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam is confidential and will not be released or shared with anyone, including police and the University, without the your consent.
The New York State Office of Victim Services may be able to assist in compensating victims/survivors for health care and counseling services, including emergency funds. Review the agency's Help for Crime Victims webpage or call their office at 1-800-247-8035 to learn more about your options.
If a victim/survivor chooses to obtain medical care, assistance can be provided in arranging for transportation to the hospital or clinic chosen by the victim or to the University's Health Center.
Victims/survivors can request that an advocate accompany them to the hospital. Advocates are available through Albany County's Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center. Call 518-447-7716 for their 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline. Call 518-447-7100 for their office.