What services will I receive once I've reported my assault to law enforcement?
Once the victim has reported a sexual assault to law enforcement, she/he will be transported to the center by police. It is imperative that the victim present to the center within 72 hours of the assault, due to the inevitable loss of evidence over time. Once at the center, the victim will be met by a sexual assault advocate who will obtain demographic information and assess level of functioning and trauma reaction. The sexual assault advocate is important in providing crisis intervention, assessment, emotional support and resource referral. Following this initial intake session, the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) will begin the examination process. Our nurse practitioners are specially trained to:
If serious injuries are observed, the victim will be referred to an emergency department at a hospital.
- Check for and document physical injuries
- Collect and document physical and biological evidence of the assault
- Provide medical crisis intervention and referral as indicated
- Provide testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- Provide pregnancy prophylaxis
For more information about victim treatment, please call the Shelby County Rape Crisis Center at (901) 222-4350