What is a Forensic Exam?
After a sexual assault and upon arrival at the Emergency Department of Orange Regional Medical Center or St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, the victim is seen by Emergency Department staff and assessed for medical services. The Rape Crisis Advocate and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner are then called. The victim is escorted to a comfortable and private room designated for the examination of sexual assault victims.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner collects physical evidence and documents internal and external injuries using state-of-the art equipment including colposcopic photography and a woods lamp.
The Rape Crisis Advocate is available to the victim throughout the forensic evidence collection.
Who pays for the Exam?
The New York State Office of Victims Services covers the victim's emergency department expenses and crime related medical expenses. The Board provides direct payment to hospitals for the cost for the New York State Evidence Collection Kits. A Rape Crisis Advocate supplies the victim with an application to the Crime Victims Board and helps complete and submit required paperwork.
Does a survivor have to report the assault to the police?
No. The Rape Crisis Advocate and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will support any choice the victim makes. Victims who are uncertain can proceed with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examination and the evidence can be held in a secure place for up to 90 days, allowing additional time for the victim to make the decision that is right for them.