Have you been sexually assaulted within the last 14 days?
Contact NOVA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-675-6900, texting 267-343-4545, via Chat, or via Email to talk to our trained hotline counselors. Hotline counselors can direct you to the nearest hospital where a specialized medical-forensic exam is available.
A medical-forensic exam is conducted by a SANE nurse, specially trained to care for individuals who have experienced a sexual assault. The purpose is to provide you with the medical care that you need, including assessing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy and obtaining forensic evidence. The medical-forensic exam is free, and you do not need to report to police to have an exam.
Depending on the date of your assault, valuable evidence may remain on your body or clothing. Try not to bathe, shower, eat, drink, brush your teeth, go to the bathroom, or change your clothes before going to the emergency room. However, if you have already changed your clothes, place them in a clean paper bag and bring them with you to the emergency room.
Did your sexual assault occur 14+ days ago?
Contact NOVA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-675-6900, texting 267-343-4545, via Chat, or via Email to talk to our trained hotline counselors.
Our trained hotline counselors will listen, and answer questions pertaining to your rights as a victim including how to access counseling or victim advocacy services.