Within 72 hours:
Seek immediate medical attention. Receiving medical attention immediately after an assault gives survivors the most options for protecting her/his health and gathering information if she/he decides to pursue legal charges. Medical attention helps determine if the survivor is physically injured, needs care for sexually transmitted infections, or possible pregnancy. Receiving medical attention does NOT require survivors to report the assault to the police, or follow through with the charges if she/he chooses to report.
Hospital personnel are prepared to conduct a standardized medical exam known as a "rape protocol exam." This exam collects relevant evidence and records important observations. IMPORTANT: To collect the best evidence the survivor must not shower, change clothes or use the bathroom before receiving the rape protocol exam. If the survivor must change clothes for her/his psychological well- being be sure to put clothing in a paper bag to protect evidence collection. If possible, bring a change of clothing for the survivor to wear after the exam because the clothing will be taken as evidence.
If a survivor goes to the hospital before calling police, the hospital is required to contact law enforcement. However, the survivor is not required to file a report (or even speak with the police) when they arrive at the hospital.
The hospital should also call Safe Alliance and a volunteer advocate should arrive at the hospital to support the survivor throughout the exam. Follow-up services provided by the university include security matters (lock change, room change, phone number change, etc.), academic assistance, and advocacy through the criminal justice system, Queens's student conduct process and other specialized services. All of these services are confidential.
After more than 72 hours:
Many survivors of sexual assault do not come forward until days, weeks, months, or even years after the assault. For survivors of assault that occurred more than 72 hours ago, all of the same procedures apply with the EXCEPTION of the necessity to go to the hospital for evidence collection (rape protocol exam). Survivors still have the option to seek medical attention. The type and extent of medical attention will depend on the amount of time since the assault.
- 24-hour Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 704.332.2513 (www.safealliance.org)
- 24-hour Mecklenburg Rape Crisis Line: 704.375.9900
- RAINN website
- Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Room, Caswell Road, 704 384-4160
- Carolinas Medical Center Emergency Room, 1000 Blythe Boulevard, 704 355-2167