You may hear from people in your life, research, etc. that you need to get a “rape kit” or “SANE” (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam). The decision is up to you, however, when getting examined by a medical professional (especially within a week of your assault—the sooner the better) they are able to collect forensic evidence for your case should you decide to report. If you decide not to report, you may still get the exam in order to address other health concerns or injuries you have following your assault.
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