Forensic Examination

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Forensic Examination

A forensic exam is the collection of DNA evidence that could later be used for reporting if a person chooses to report. The forensic exam consists of evidence collection and medical care. An advocate from the YWCA SART team is available to accompany individuals having a forensic exam. Individuals can decide if they would like a support person in the room with them. In addition, Kim Webb is available to accompany students (see Campus Resources ). 

  • People undergoing an examination get to chose what types of care and evidence collection they receive. They are allowed to stop, pause, and skip any parts of the examination.

  • The exam offers (depending on the situation): 

    • pelvic exam

    • sperm analysis

    • swabs from oral, rectal and vaginal tracts and anywhere else where semen/saliva may be present

    • thorough body examination for bruises and injuries

    • collecting pieces of hair

    • fingernail scrapings from under nail beds

    • collecting hair by plucking by pubic and head hair

    • photographs of injuries

    • emergency contraception

    • STI prophylaxis

  • It is up to the person undergoing the examination to decide what types of care and evidence collection they would like to receive. While we listed different items that the exam offers, a person gets to decide what they would like to undergo.