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):
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
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.