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Seeking Immediate Assistance

Individuals who have experienced a recent sexual assault or physical violence are strongly encouraged to visit a center for excellence that provides Sexual Assault Forensic Exam to assess and address their medical needs.

See link: http://profiles.health.ny.gov/hospital/designated_center/SAFE+Center+of+Excellence

(The College’s Health and Counseling Center does not perform emergency medical care or Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations. However, the Health & Counseling Center will provide non emergent care and medical follow up, including attention to injuries.)

A medical exam can assess a victim’s injuries and provide necessary medical advice and medication. Victims 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 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 of sexual assault should be advised as follows:

That choosing to undergo a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam does not require that the victim report the violence to police or college administration. However, the exam is strongly recommended as it will greatly enhance the likelihood of a successful prosecution of the assailant in a criminal case, should the victim choose to report the incident now or in the future.

That it is important not to bathe, wash, change clothes, or brush one’s teeth prior to seeking medical attention. If possible, it is also best that the victim not take fluids or use the bathroom prior to the exam.

That 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.

That the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam is free, and does not have to be charged to the victim’s insurance.

That information provided during a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam is confidential, and will not be released or shared with anyone without the victim’s 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.

If a victim of sexual misconduct chooses to obtain medical care, assistance can be provided in arranging for transportation to the hospital or clinic chosen by the victim.

New York State Office of Victim Services Toll Free Number:
1-800-247-8035 Available Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.