Survivors can get medical support without making a report or telling anyone else about their assault.
The SANE Kit is made to gather DNA evidence – such as bodily fluids, hair, and skin cells – and document injuries sustained during an attack. DNA evidence must be collected within five days of an assault. After a SANE Kit is taken a survivor has 6 months to let the police know if they want their kit processed and used in creating a case.
What Can You Do? Preserving evidence keeps a survivor’s options open. If a survivor is considering pursuing legal charges there are steps to preserve the evidence a Sane Nurse can collect.
If you choose to have an exam, try not to:
- Bath or shower.
- Use the restroom.
- Change clothes. Or you can put the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault into a paper bag and bring them with you to the hospital –the clothes will be taken as evidence.
- Comb hair.
- Clean up the crime scene.
- Move anything the perpetrator may have touched.
If you have showered or eaten, there is still evidence that can be collected.
What to expect:
- At UHS or Cooley Dickinson, a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will be contacted to perform the exam and collect evidence
- UHS or Cooley Dickinson will also contact CWC for a Counselor Advocate who can meet you at the hospital, explain your options and provide support
- Treatment to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections will be provided
- Evidence collected will be stored with an anonymous kit number for up to 6 months while you decide if you want to talk to the police about the assault