Sexual assault exams provide important, time-sensitive care. If you’ve been sexually assaulted, we believe you, and we encourage you to seek care as soon as possible. Click here to find the closest exam to you.
How long do I have to request a sexual assault exam?
Exams are only offered in the days immediately following assault, so it’s important to seek care quickly. The amount of time you have to request a sexual assault exam depends on where you live. Reference the chart below, and click the corresponding hyperlink for the most updated information from your state.
As a rule of thumb, seek care as quickly as possible after sexual assault. We can help you find an exam here.
Why should I seek a sexual assault exam?
A sexual assault exam, formally called a sexual assault evidence kit (SAEK), is the most comprehensive option for immediate care after sexual assault. In addition to thorough DNA collection and a full-body examination for injuries (both seen and unseen), you’ll have access to important health services, like emergency contraception, STI testing, and PEP, as well as advocacy and law enforcement support if you desire. We encourage you to seek an exam as quickly as you can after assault, and our Exam Location Map can help you find one in seconds.
How should I prepare for my exam?
After sexual assault, your safety and wellbeing are the most important things. Call 911 if you are in danger, need emergency support, or immediate medical attention. To find an exam, visit Leda.co/exam-locator. Before your exam, it’s best to avoid things that may disrupt DNA collection, like showering, brushing your teeth, eating, or changing clothes. Even if you can’t avoid these things, you should still seek care.
What if I wait too long to receive an exam?
If you are no longer able to receive a sexual assault exam, you can still receive follow-up medical care, and it is important that you do so. You can receive a full-body examination for injuries even if the timeline for DNA collection has passed. You may also receive STI testing, emergency contraception, and PEP depending on the timeline and circumstances. No matter when you seek support, we can help you find a care center here.
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