• Get Medical Attention

  • Forensic Medical Exam Program

Seeking Medical Treatment

  • If you’re a victim of sexual assault or abuse, it is important to seek medical care immediately, after the incident.  By seeking medical care you are not required to report the assault, but will have evidence collected that could be useful later, as well as receive information about follow up care and resources within the community. 

    In Erie, two hospitals provide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Exams: UPMC Hamot and Saint Vincent Hospital

    SANE Exams are provided free of charge. When you arrive at the hospital, you will speak to a doctor or nurse. Provide as much detail about the incident as possible so they can determine the proper treatment.

    Your care team will treat any immediate injuries. With your permission, they will perform an exam that includes:

      • Documentation of any injuries, cuts, or bruises from the assault.
      • Testing and treatment to prevent infection.
      • Collection of samples, such as fingernail and saliva swabbing as part of an evidence kit.

    A nurse may ask to photograph your injuries for evidence. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during the examination, let your nurse or doctor know. You may wish to have someone with you for support during the process, and you have the right to decline any part of the exam.

    Be sure to follow your discharge instructions, including getting further treatment or following up with your primary care doctor.

    You may also want to consider seeing a counselor or therapist, as many people experience emotional trauma from sexual assault.

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UPMC Hamot

  • UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education. UPMC Hamot’s superior health care services are continually recognized by notable accrediting bodies.

    Hamot has trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on call.

  • Main Line


  • Address

    201 State Street, Erie, PA 16550

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Saint Vincent Hospital

  • Saint Vincent is committed to the Sisters of Saint Joseph’s mission of doing what is right for those who need help, one person at a time.  The hospital offers a full array of inpatient and outpatient services, and is part of the Allegheny Health Network system.

    Saint Vincent Hospital has trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on call.

  • Main Line


  • Address

    232 West 25th Street, Erie, PA 16544

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