Before you go to the ER photo

Before you go to the ER

  • Try not to bathe, shower, brush your teeth, or go to the bathroom. This is important for preserving evidence. If you already have, it is still possible to collect evidence.
  • If possible, do not change your clothes. If you already have, put your clothes in a clean paper bag, such as a grocery store bag, and bring them with you to the emergency room.
  • If possible, go to a SANE hospital.
  • When you get to the ER, you can ask to have a sexual assault exam and evidence collection kit. You do not need to report to the police in order to have evidence collected.
  • If you think you may have been drugged, you can ask that a toxicology kit be collected.
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This project was supported by Grant #2009-WF-AX-0014 awarded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Office of Grants & Research and subgranted to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Points of view in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Division.