Sexual Assault Evaluation

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Also called sexual violence or abuse, sexual assault is never your fault. It is a crime of violence or aggression. Sexual assault may include:

  • Any form of sexual contact with someone who cannot consent, such as someone who is underage, has an intellectual disability, or is passed out
  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Sexual Coercion
  • Sexual contact with a child
  • Incest (sexual contact between family members)
  • Fondling or any unwanted touching
  • Sexual harassment or threats

What is a Sexual Assault Evaluation?

It is recommended that any victim of sexual assault seek immediate medical attention and treatment as to obtain evidence left by perpetrator. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the following in the evaluation of sexual assault victims:

  • Obtain informed consent for examination
  • Assess and treat physical injuries
  • Obtain past gynecologic history
  • Perform physical examination, including pelvic examination, with appropriate medical assistance
  • Obtain appropriate specimens and serologic tests for STI testing
  • Provide appropriate infectious disease prophylaxis as indicated
  • If the assailant’s HIV status is unknown, evaluate the risks and benefits of nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis
  • Provide or arrange for provision of emergency contraception as indicated
  • Provide counseling regarding findings, recommendations, and prognosis
  • Arrange follow-up medical care and referrals for psychosocial needs

A follow-up appointment is always scheduled for victims of sexual assault. We offer care and support throughout the healing process.