Medical Care and Evidence Collection
Although it may be difficult to go to the hospital after a sexual assault, it is a safe place to get help. At the Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Kapiʻolani Medical Center, the acute forensic examination is available to adults and minors of all gender identities. Examinations must be done within 72 hours of a sexual assault. If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections, HIV, or other medical concerns, it is important to seek help even if it is over 72 hours since the assault. Medical care following a sexual assault is critical even if you have no visible injuries.
- The acute forensic examination will ensure that you are physically okay and address concerns about the risks of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and HIV.
- It is a good idea to collect and preserve any evidence, even if you do not want to report the assault to the police. Sometimes, folks change their minds and decide later that they want to pursue legal action.
To preserve evidence:
- It is best to not wash, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth (if oral activity took place). But even if you have cleaned up, you can and still should get a medical examination.
- If you have not changed the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, keep these on as they can be collected at the time of the examination. If possible, bring a change of clothing.
- If you do change, put each article of clothing you were wearing in a separate paper bag and bring everything to the hospital.
- Do not clean or disturb the physical location where the assault occurred.
- If you suspect that you were a victim of a rape drug, immediate medical care for testing and collecting evidence is important, as these drugs leave your system very quickly.
For more detailed information, please visit SATC Hawaii.
The University Health Services Mānoa (UHSM) is staffed by physicians, nurse clinicians, nurses, and other support staff and offers a wide range of medical services and programs to UHM students. Many services are also available to faculty and staff and students from other UH campuses. Services include general medical care on a walk-in basis; women’s health, sports medicine, psychiatry, and dermatology clinics by appointment; pharmacy and clinical laboratory; and student training, employment, and volunteer opportunities.