I've just been sexually assaulted / raped. What should I do?

If you have recently been sexually assaulted, you should seek medical attention. You can do this in one of two ways:

• Go to a clinic or your primary health care physician for medical treatment
• Go to an emergency department for a forensic exam AND medical treatment. This will assist with an investigation and potential prosecution. Click
here for a map of hospitals that conduct sexual assault forensic exams and where MOCSA provides hospital advocacy.

My assault was not recent. What should I do?

You can benefit from supportive services days, weeks, months, and even years after the assault. MOCSA offers many services to survivors of sexual assault. Please contact the MOCSA crisis line (816)531-0233 or (913)642-0233.

I do not want to report the assault. What should I do?

It is your decision whether or not you want to report this crime. Even if you do not want to file a police report, you should still seek medical attention to get checked out.

I am not sure if I want to report the assault. What should I do?

It may be helpful to have a forensic exam if you decide at a later date you would like to file a police report. Even if you do not want to file a police report, you should still get checked out.

I want to report the assault. What should I do?

If you want to report the sexual assault, you should do so immediately. You can call the police department in the city the assault occurred or go to a Emergency Department who specializes in Forensic Care if the assault occurred within the last five days. If you have any questions about what to do or where to go, contact the MOCSA crisis line (816)531-0233 or (913)642-0233 for more information.

Some things to consider: 

• Do not shower
• Do not eat, drink or brush your teeth
• Wear or bring the clothes you wore at the time of the assault to the hospital
• Try not to use the restroom until you are at the hospital


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Where can I get screened for STI’s/STD’s?
What is Emergency Contraception?
How can I identify a support person?
What is a SANE (forensic examiner)?
What is included in a forensic exam?
Where can I get a forensic exam?
Do I have to Report to Law Enforcement to have a SANE exam?
What if I am under 18?
Can I have a support person with me during the exam/interview?
Do I have to pay for a SANE exam?
What is Crime Victim’s Compensation?
How do I file a police report?
Will the perpetrator be arrested?
Where can I find more information on recovering from sexual assault?
 

Where can I get screened for STI’s/STD’s?
Area health departments provide testing and treatment. Planned Parenthood and KC Free Health Clinic are also options. Costs vary. You may also see your primary care physician.

What is Emergency Contraception?
If you choose, you may go to a pharmacy and request Emergency Contraception (EC) over the counter. You may also go to Planned Parenthood, KC Free Health Clinic to receive EC on a sliding scale, or see your primary care physician. If you have difficulty receiving the medication, contact the MOCSA crisis line (816) 531-0233 or (913) 642-0233 for resources.

How can I identify a support person?
You can call the MOCSA crisis line 24-hours a day for emotional support, resources/referrals, information, and problem solving. You can connect with other services such as supportive counseling, therapy, and support group. You may also connect with a friend or family member. Choose someone you trust.

What is a SANE?
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has received specialized training in forensic evidence collection and medical care of adolescent and adult sexual assault and rape victims. Along with the forensic exam, the SANE will provide medical care such as: preventive medication for common STI’s, disperse Emergency Contraception (EC), treat and document and injuries.

What is included in a forensic exam?
If you are seeking a forensic exam, you will first provide detailed information about the assault, as well as information about your medical history. Be prepared to have injuries documented, including picture documentation, and swabs collected. For more information, MOCSA crisis line (816) 531-0233 or (913) 642-0233.

Where can I get a forensic exam?

Johnson County:
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
St. Luke’s South

Eastern Jackson County:
St. Luke's East

Jackson County:
Centerpoint Medical Center
Research Medical Center
St. Luke's Plaza
Truman Medical Center

Northland:
COVERSA at North Kansas City Hospital
St. Luke's North

Wyandotte County:
University of Kansas Medical Center

Do I have to report to Law Enforcement to have a SANE exam?
No. In both Kansas and Missouri, a victim of sexual assault can request a forensic exam. Evidence will be stored according to state or program protocol, ask each program for specific information on length of storage.

What if I am under 18?
If you are under 18 and you live in Missouri, you should go to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

If you are under 18 and you live in Kansas, you may be referred by law enforcement to Sunflower House during business hours.  After hours, you should go to Shawnee Mission Medical Center or Children’s Mercy Hospital in Downtown Kansas City.

Please note, while you do not need your parent’s permission for forensic care, this does not mean your parents won’t find out about the assault. You can contact the MOCSA crisis line (816)531-0233 or (913)642-0233 to talk about how to tell your parents and discuss your options.

Can I have a support person with me during the exam/interview?
You can have a person you choose as well as your MOCSA advocate during the forensic exam. During the law enforcement interview, your advocate may be allowed in the room. Check with the police officer/detective for specific information.

Do I have to pay for a SANE exam?
You should NOT receive a bill for the evidence collection exam. However, you MAY receive a bill from the hospital emergency department and/or the physician that treated you in the emergency department, for medication given to you by the SANE nurse, or if any tests were performed. If you receive a bill, please contact the MOCSA crisis line (816) 531-0233 or (913)642-0233 to discuss your options.

What is Crime Victim’s Compensation?
Crime Victim's Compensation (CVC) is a fund set up to reimburse victims of crime who have suffered injuries causing a financial loss due to a violent crime. Financial loss may include loss of earnings and out of pocket medical expenses as a direct result of the incident. In the event of the death of the victim, funeral, burial, or cremation expenses may be reimbursable. In order to qualify for CVC, you MUST report the crime and participate with law enforcement.

For more information:

Missouri: http://www.dps.mo.gov/CVC/index.htm
Kansas:
http://www.ksag.org/content/page/id/117

How do I file a police report?
You can go to the police department where your assault occurred, or have a police officer respond to your location. If it is an emergency, call 911.

Will the perpetrator be arrested?
The suspect will only be arrested if they have been positively identified and there is probable cause for arrest. Probable cause is determined by a police officer and means there are indicators that it is likely the crime was committed by the person in question.