Sexual Assault Exam

1. Your Rights at the Hospital
2. Right to Emergency Contraception

1. Your Rights at the Hospital

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted you may choose to go to the hospital for medical care.

At the hospital, you have the following rights:

Right to a Support Person

You have the right to have a support person with you during the medical examination.

Right to a Free Medical Examination

Costs for a rape exam are paid by the state when the examination is performed for the purposes of gathering evidence for possible prosecution.

Right to Emergency Contraception

If you have been sexually assaulted and go to the hospital, you should receive information about emergency contraception. If you want emergency contraception, and it is medically appropriate, the hospital must provide it. You will not be charged for emergency contraception if it is given at the same time you receive a rape exam for the purposes of gathering evidence for possible prosecution.

2. Emergency Contraception (EC)

EC contains the same hormones used in regular birth control pills. It has been used for more than 30 years to prevent pregnancy when taken within a short time after intercourse. It can prevent pregnancy if given within 72 (and possibly up to 120) hours after a sexual assault.