Sexual assault examinations are free and confidential!
Seek medical attention as soon as you can.
You have a legal right to have an advocate with you during each part of the
medical process. An advocate can be reached by calling the Rape Crisis Line
If you were assaulted recently, you may want to consider going to
the hospital for a sexual assault examination.
- This is a time when you can get checked out physically and get
prescriptions to treat potential sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
or deal with pregnancy concerns.
- The evidentiary exam and the prescriptions for the STIs are paid for by the State
of Iowa, whether or not you choose to make a report to the police.
- Sexual assault exams can be performed at either the University of
Iowa Hospital or Mercy Hospital.
- Exams are performed by a specially trained and certified Sexual Assault Nurse
- For more information on the sexual assault evidentiary exam, Sexual
Assault Nurse Examiners and the Sexual Assault Response Team,
visit the Johnson County SART web site.
- A sexual assault examination preserves evidence of the sexual
assault in case you decide to report the crime to the police.
The hospital exam may include the following:
- history taking and documentation
- physical examination
- treatment of injuries
- photographing of injuries
- option of medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections
- option of medications to prevent pregnancy and it can be given up to
3 days or 72 hours after the assault (hospital will test for preexisting
- evidence collection
You have the choice regarding the level of participation in any part of the examination process.
For more detailed information, visit rvap.org.