Medical Attention

It is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible following an assault. Treatment for injuries, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV medication are all options, in addition to a forensic exam.

A forensic exam, completed by a medical practitioner, is the process through which physical evidence is collected. This evidence could be used in a judicial case, if the victim chooses to pursue charges. Physical evidence can include photo documentation of injuries, collection of fluids (blood, semen, urine, saliva) and other identifiable objects (hair, clothing with potential DNA). Forensic exams are free of charge to victims of assault and will not be billed to the victim or the insurance company.

If evidence is to be collected, encourage the survivor to not eat, drink, smoke, shower or change clothes if possible. You can receive medical attention without collecting forensic evidence. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specially trained and certified to assist in the medical process related to forensic exams and are available at numerous locations. Forensic evidence can be collected up to 96 hours after an assault has occurred.

The following locations provide the most comprehensive care:

Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (forensic evidence collection available)
300 E. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Non-Urgent Care:
PhilaU Student Health Center - Scholler Hall: enter at stairway near to Ram statue (across from the Gallagher Center)