Sexual violence means that someone forces, threaten, coerces, or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone may not consent includes fear, age, illness, disability, or the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Rape/ Sexual Assault
Child Sexual Assault and Incest
Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
Unwanted Sexual Contact/ Touching
Showing one's genitals without consent
Masturbating in public
Watching someone in a private act without knowledge and permission.
Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point of their lives.
Intimate partner sexual assault is more likely than stranger or acquaintance assault to cause physical injury.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped in their lifetime.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911
Do not bathe, shower, wash your hands, or comb your hair, as it may destroy evidence.
Do not eat or drink anything.
If possible, do not use the restroom.
Save your clothing or do not change your clothes. If you change your clothes, do not wash the clothing you wore during the assault.
Come to One Place Family Justice Center for a forensic rape exam.
If you do not want to involve law enforcement initially, please call our 24-7 crisis hotline to get assistance (334) 213-1227.
What to Expect
First, call the STAR Crisis Line at 334.213.1227. Upon calling you will be guided to a "safe location" for assistance. At the location, a Sexual Assault Response Advocate, the Volunteer or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Coordinator and a Case Manager will meet you when arriving. The team will direct you throughout the confidential and private facility. A Sexual Assault Response Advocate is here to support you and answer any questions about the SANE/forensic examination process. From this initial meeting, until the total forensic examination is completed, the Sexual Assault Response Advocate will be at your side offering support.
Upon the arrival of the SANE nurse, a brief interview will be conducted. The interview is designed to gather basic information about you and to determine the specifics of the sexual assault. During this process, you may ask any questions. After the interview, you, the Sexual Assault Response Advocate and SANE Nurse will begin the process for your examination room.
The examination room is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that is not available in local emergency rooms. The examination room and equipment are designed specifically to maintain the maximum level of comfort for the survivor, provide the necessary medical treatment, and collect the required forensic evidence.
After the examination is completed, you will have the option to shower. Often, the survivor’s clothing is retained as forensic evidence. Clothing is provided to you, if this is the case. After the exam and/or shower, the Sexual Assault Response Advocate will ensure that you get to a safe place. Follow-up by Case Management staff is done with you within 72 hours of your visit, unless otherwise requested. Counseling, legal advocacy and support groups are discussed to aid in your healing process.
Avoid Bathing, Showering, Using the restroom, Eating or drinking, Changing clothes, Combing hair, and Cleaning up the area
It’s natural to want to go through these motions after a traumatic experience. If you have done any of these activities, you can still have an exam performed. You may want to bring a spare change of clothes with you to the hospital or health facility where you’re going to have the exam.
In most cases, DNA evidence needs to be collected within 72 hours to be analyzed by a crime lab—but a sexual assault forensic exam can reveal other forms of evidence beyond this time frame that can be useful if you decide to report. Place your belongings, including the clothes you were wearing, in a paper bag to safely preserve evidence. If you have questions about the time frame, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or talk to your local sexual assault service provider – One Place Family Justice Center's Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) program representatives.