PAAR's medical advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are available to meet victims in the emergency room by calling PAAR’s hotline at 1-866-END-RAPE.
Medical advocacy services include:
- Being available for the victim throughout the exam and collection of evidence
- Being present during the initial police interview
- Referring victim to PAAR’s office for counseling
- Providing information about Victim's Compensation Assistance Program and victim's right's
What questions will be asked during the exam?
The medical staff will ask questions about the assault so that they can provide the best possible care for victims and to check for injuries that may go unnoticed. It is important to mention any pain, injuries or bruises.
What is a "rape kit"?
The rape kit is a legal procedure, and it is used to collect evidence for trial. If pressing charges, it is recommended that the kit be completed within 72 hours of the assault so that valuable evidence is not lost.
What happens during the "rape kit" exam?
The doctor will check for external injuries such as bruises, cuts and bite marks. If there are any external injuries, the doctor or nurse will take pictures as part of the evidence collection. An internal exam will be done to collect any evidence that may be remaining from the assault and to make sure there are no injuries.
Do I have to talk to the police and press charges?
Hospitals are required by law to report a rape to the police. This does not mean that you have to press charges or talk to the police at that time. You may decide to talk to them at a later date or to never talk to them at all. We recommend that an initial statement is made to the police to simply have it on record. PAAR can provide you with a legal advocate to answer your legal questions.