Seek Medical Attention
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse who has received specialized training to provide comprehensive care as well as to conduct a forensic exam for patients who are victims of sexual assault or abuse. A forensic medical exam serves a number of purposes some of which include: documentation of findings and injuries as well as testing and treating for sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy. If you are an adult, a hospital exam will not automatically trigger a police report. Adults have 72 hours after an assault to get an exam without reporting it to the police. Many medical centers also offer sliding fee scales, charity care, and can assist with applying for Crime Victim’s Compensation.
SANE programs in King County include:
- Harborview Medical Center in Seattle will provide a forensic exam at no cost, through Crime Victim’s Compensation.
- Other UW Medicine locations include: Northwest Hospital, University Medical Center, Valley Medical Center
- Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Swedish First Hill
- Evergreen Hospital
WA State Sexual Assault Emergency Medical Evaluation Adult and Adolescent Recommended Guidelines 2010 – Harbor View Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress
Victims’ Rights and Sexual Assault Kits- VictimsofCrime
The Importance of DNA in Sexual Assault Cases- RAINN
What Is a Rape Kit and Rape Kit Exam? – EndtheBacklog
Fact Sheet: Investments to Reduce the National Rape Kit Backlog and Combat Violence Against Women – The White House
Last Updated November 23, 2020