What is a rape exam or a sexual assault evidence collection kit?

A sexual assault evidence collection kit is a medical exam conducted by doctors or specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners to collect forensic evidence from reports of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sometimes other crimes. The exam usually takes 2-3 hours. If at all possible try not to eat, drink, shower, smoke, bathe, douche, change clothes or go to the bathroom. This can be extremely difficult given the nature of a sexual assault, but is important in preserving evidence. An advocate from STSM will meet you at the hospital if you go to one of the hospitals in our service area. The hospital will contact law enforcement if you request. Generally,sexual assault evidence collection kits are collected up to 72 hours (3 days) after a sexual assault has occurred. The kit includes a variety of medical collection based on your assault, but can include swabbing areas where DNA may be, collecting clothing as evidence, and collecting blood and urine samples. If your clothes are collected as evidence, your advocate from STSM will provide you with a new outfit at the hospital so you have something to wear home.