Reporting Sexual Assault
Responses to sexual assault are unique and personal for person. If you choose to seek out medical services, you will be asked to choose the manner in which you would like to be served by medical professionals and law enforcement. As advocates, we want to inform and support you as you choose what they feel is best for yourself.
Survivors seeking medical services may choose from these reporting options:
Law Enforcement Report
Survivors obtain a medical forensic exam and choose to report the crime to law enforcement.
Law enforcement pays for the evidence collection and the survivor is eligible for Victim
Compensation. This evidence is eligible to be stored, analyzed and used for investigation.
Survivors obtain a medical forensic exam, but at the time of receiving medical services, choose not to participate with the criminal justice system. The evidence will be stored with the survivor’s identifying information. These survivors are eligible to have their evidence analyzed but may need to interact with law enforcement minimally in order to process the result. The Department of Criminal Justice pays for the evidence collection and all costs associated with obtaining the medical forensic exam.
Survivors obtain a medical forensic exam, but at the time of receiving medical services, choose not to participate with the criminal justice system and not to provide any identifying information. Law enforcement will store these kits under a unique identifying number. These survivors cannot choose to have their evidence tested until they provide identification to law enforcement. The Department of Criminal Justice pays for the evidence collection and all costs associated with obtaining the medical forensic exam.
NO rEport REquired
Medical professionals have no obligation to report a sexual assault if the victim does not obtain a medical forensic exam.
If no evidence is collected, any medical bills are the responsibility of the victim.
Active Duty Personnel Restricted Reporting Policy
Active Duty Personnel may report sexual assault with some privacy and still receive medical services. They must be accompanied by a SARC, or similar, when seeking medical services.