• Get Medical Attention

  • Options to Consider

What to Expect

  • UPMC Hamot and Saint Vincent Hospitals can provide a forensic medical exam for victims of sexual assault 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam is tailored to what the victim wants, but can include evidence collection, comprehensive medical examination, preventative medications, and referrals to longer-term resources. You may choose to report the incident and speak to the police while you are there, but you do not have to talk to the police or anyone else until you are ready. Your evidence can be collected and stored anonymously until you decide whether to report (up to 90 days).

    Bring Someone You Trust

    If you feel comfortable, bring someone you trust. Bring a friend, family member, roommate, or colleague. When deciding who to bring, ask that person whether they can honor your privacy or if there are limits to the confidentiality they can offer; sometimes RAs or university staff members have reporting requirements.

    Try Not to Shower

    For a SANE exam, try not to shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush your teeth, comb your hair, use a toilet, eat/drink, smoke, chew gum, or change your clothes.

    This may be difficult, but if you do any of this above you may destroy evidence that will be needed if you decide to report the crime to police.

    Bring a Change of Clothes

    In preparation for a SANE exam, for your own comfort and to preserve evidence, bring a change of clean clothes and a paper bag filled with items involved in the incident.

    Supporting Victims and Survivors

    If your friend has experienced sexual assault, here are ways to support them:

      • Believe them
      • Help them explore their options
      • Listen to them
      • Never blame them for being assaulted
      • Ask before touch
      • Get help for yourself

    Learn more about these tips with information from PCAR and this information sheet from Men Can Stop Rape.