Ensure Your Safety
If there is an imminent risk of harm to yourself or others, call 9-1-1.
- Get to a safe place where you will not be in danger.
- Although it is your choice, as an adult, to contact law enforcement, we encourage you to do so.
- Contact a sexual assault advocate. King County Sexual Assault Resource Center is available at 1-888-99VOICE 24-hours. Advocates can assist with a number of services, including protection orders, safety plans, counseling, filing reports with law enforcement, and legal advocacy.
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
If you choose to get a forensic exam, in order to preserve evidence, it is best not to change clothes, bathe, shower, or douche before going to the hospital. If you have changed your wardrobe, be sure to bring your soiled clothes with you as this can serve as forensic evidence of an assault. More information can be found on our Forensics, Rape Kits, Medical Information page.
There are a number of ways in which we can provide support for those who are impacted by sexual assault. Filing a report on campus will initiate support services, but if you have questions or doubts about your readiness to make an official report and want to maintain confidentiality, contact The Counseling Center for an appointment.
Last Updated September 6, 2016