If you have been raped or sexually assaulted within the past 96 hours…
- Get to a safe place. (For example — someone’s home, the nearest hospital or police precinct)
- Call 911 to be taken to an emergency room for medical care and/or for immediate police protection and assistance. Tell the 911 operator what has happened and request to be sent to a certified SANE Center. There you will receive a complete medical evaluation, including a physical examination, treatment, evidence collection, and counseling.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, it is important to seek medical care, especially if you have been physically injured. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries from the assault, there may be physical injuries that you cannot see. Medical and health centers can provide additional services such as medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and emergency contraception.
- Or, go directly to the nearest SANE Center. In Suffolk County, there are SANE Centers at:
Good Samaritan Hospital
Stony Brook University Hospital
Peconic Bay Medical Center
- In the meantime, do not change clothes, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. This is important for the evidence collection process that will occur at the hospital.
Keep in mind, though, that evidence collection does not require you to place a report with the police or press charges, it just preserves these options for the future. SANE exams are provided free of charge to the patient.
What is a SANE Center?
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services are considered the best and most victim-centered approach to acute health care for sexual assault patients. The New York State Department of Health certifies SANE Centers of Excellence. Find out more about our forensic nursing program.
SANE Centers provide sexual assault patients with:
- Sensitive, victim-centered, medical and forensic health care.
- Care that is timely, compassionate, and patient-centered, in a designated and appropriately equipped private room.
- Assurance about the quality of collection, documentation, preservation and custody of physical evidence by utilizing a trained and New York State Department of Health-certified sexual assault forensic examiner to perform exams. These examiners are available to provide expert testimony if patients choose to report crimes to law enforcement.
- Psycho-social and legal support by a specially trained VIBS’ Rape Crisis Advocate.
- Reliable referrals to mental and physical health care and follow-up services.
- Assistance with completing Office of Victims Services forms for possible reimbursement for losses or medications needed due to the sexual assault.
- SANE is a partnership among VIBS, Suffolk County Nurse Examiners, the Police Departments of Suffolk County, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Stony Brook Medical Center.
Click here to download a PDF version of the SANE program brochure.