Student Health Services is the Wash U campus health center. It is not a hospital, so if you would like to make an appointment, please reference “Medical Health” underWash U Campus Resources.
What to Expect at the Hospital:
If an individual is going to the hospital immediately after assault and is considering evidence collection (forensic exam), here is an outline of the process:
Make a plan for getting to the hospital (WUPD, friend, other method)
WUPD can offer free rides to the hospital. You do not need to disclose your reason for going or your name.
Kim Webb is available to transport and accompany students to the hospital. Please see Campus Resourcesfor Kim’s contact information.
Call SARAH if you would like to explore other options.
An individual can decide if they would like someone to come with them to the hospital. An individual can decide if they would like accompanying person in examination room with them. Evidence collection (if wanted) can be a difficult process. The option of bringing someone with them to the hospital makes some people feel more comfortable.
Preparation (if evidence collection is a possibility):
Try to avoid activities that could damage evidence. This includes:
bathing (showering or washing hands)
using the restroom (if necessary, go in a cup)
Try to bring items that may be used for evidence (put in a paper bag):
any additional items involved
It is natural and normal to want to get rid of evidence (bathe, wash, throw out related items) after an assault. We would like you to know that individuals who have done any of these activities can still have an exam. DNA evidence needs to typically be collected within 72 hours of the assault, but an exam can still be done after this time frame.
When arriving at the hospital, if individuals tell the triage nurse that they have been sexually assaulted, they should be given the next available private room.
A SART volunteer should be called.
SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) volunteers provide support, information and resources to people who have experienced sexual assault in local hospital emergency departments. They are available 24/7, every day.
SART volunteers are there to support survivors. It is up to the survivors to decide if they would like them to be in the examination room with them and what type of support they would like to receive.
People in the room with you:
SART: a SART volunteer will be there to support individuals during their visit to the hospital; it is the survivor’s decision whether to use this resource.
SANE: a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a nurse who is specifically trained to conduct forensic exams for sexual assault.
Police officer: a police officer is there in case the individual wishes to file a report.
Friend/ supporter: an individual can decide if they would like an additional support with them in the room.
Please press on the blue “The Forensic Exam” link for information about what forensic exams offer.
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.
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.
A follow-up appointment often occurs to test for STIs, infections, or pregnancy.