In cases of sexual assault, victims can request a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence exam at local hospitals within 72 hours of the assault. Collection of this evidence can be beneficial if the survivor chooses to pursue legal charges. The cost of the exam is completely covered by the Rape Victims Assistance Program (RVAP), however services beyond the collection of evidence may not be covered. Know that you are not alone and that there are people at Elon that want to help and support you in this process. Please contact Safeline, our confidential phone line, if you have questions about the process or want someone to accompany you to the hospital at (336) 278-3333.
Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Exam (SAFE Exam)
Within 72 hours: Victims can request a SAFE Exam within 72 hours of the assault. Julia Metz, Coordinator for Violence Response, or another confidential violence responder can accompany you to the hospital at any time.The length of the exam may take a few hours, but the actual time will vary based on several different factors. For accompaniment and support call Safeline at 336-278-3333.
Trained hospital personnel are prepared to conduct SAFE exams. This exam collects relevant evidence and records important observations. IMPORTANT: To collect the best evidence the survivor must not shower, change clothes or use the bathroom before receiving the sexual assault forensic exam. If the survivor must change clothes for her/his psychological well being be sure to put clothing in a paper bag to protect evidence collection. If possible, bring a change of clothing for the survivor to wear after the exam because the clothing will be taken as evidence. The Coordinator for Violence Response can help organize getting clothing and toiletries to survivors at the emergency room. The cost of the exam is typically covered by special government state funds set aside for crime survivors.
If a survivor arrives at Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) for a SAFE exam, the hospital will offer to contact CrossRoads Sexual Assault Crisis and Response Center and a volunteer advocate should arrive at the hospital to support the survivor throughout the exam. Follow-up services provided by the university include security matters (lock change, room change, phone number change, etc.), academic assistance, advocacy through the criminal justice system, Elon’s student conduct process, support groups, and other specialized services.
Locations to request SAFE Exams:
- Alamance Regional Medical Center- 1240 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 Phone: (336) 538-7000
- Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital- 1200 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401 Phone: (336) 832-7000
For more information about what a SAFE exam may entail visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website.