Immediate Medical Treatment
In cases of sexual assault, victims are advised not to shower, eat, drink, douche or change their clothes, as these activities destroy important physical evidence. They are also encouraged to seek medical attention, even if there are no obvious physical injuries.
A forensic sexual assault examination needs to be performed within the first 72 hours after a sexual assault to collect evidence and to evaluate a person's physical condition. This exam will help maintain a victim's legal options and will also allow the individual to get important preventative treatment and information for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
New York State has established Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner programs (SAFE) in hospitals that have specially trained health professionals who will ensure that compassionate, competent, and prompt care is provided, along with the use of advanced technology for evidence collection and preservation. A person may go directly to a center or may seek accompaniment from a victim advocate or from an NYIT official. The exam will be done at no cost to the victim.
North Shore University Hospital
300 Community Dr.
Manhasset, NY 11030
New York City:
Mount Sinai West Hospital
100 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10032
St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center
224 East Matthews
Jonesboro, AR 72401