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After experiencing a sexual assault, many survivors are concerned with their physical health. Below are options survivors have to ensure their physical health is maintained after an assault.
If the assault happened within 5 days or less:
You may go to Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) emergency room. NGMC is the regional hospital in our 6 county service area with an emergency department where Forensic Medical Exams are conducted in a private exam room. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will collect evidence, examine and document any injuries and offer preventative treatment for possible pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Survivors can get a Forensic Medical Exam without making a report to law enforcement (as long as the victim is 18 years or older).
If the assault occurred more than 5 days ago:
Seek medical attention from your local health department or any other healthcare provider.
Contact Rape Response for information on receiving free medical aftercare from local health departments.
Rape Response can provide you with a referral to any health department in our service area for FREE medical aftercare. If you received a Forensic Medical Exam at NGMC, one aftercare visit can be provided. If you did not receive a Forensic Medical Exam, two aftercare visits can be provided. A medical aftercare visit includes a medical examination and screening for sexually transmitted infections.
Reporting to law enforcement
If you want to report to law enforcement you may do so at any time. However, the sooner you report the crime, the stronger the case may be. It is an individual decision and adults (ages 18 or older) are not required to report the crime.
What to expect from law enforcement
The law enforcement officer will create a crime report and assign a tracking number to the crime. Reporting the assault to law enforcement as soon as possible may help a victim/survivor in relaying details that are still readily available. Trauma has the potential to impact a survivor’s capacity to narrate one’s sexual assault. Even if the report takes place days or months later, it’s important to report the most accurate and comprehensive details, such as:
The police interview may take as long as several hours, depending on the circumstances of the case. Some questions will probably feel intrusive, and the officer will probably go over the details of the assault several times. it is the officer’s job to get every detail down precisely in order to make the strongest possible case against the perpetrator.
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