Evidence collection is done if a survivor of sexual assault is interested in or open to filing a criminal complaint. Specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) will collect physical evidence (hair, bodily fluids) from the survivor's body and document any injuries resulting from the assault.
Evidence can be collected from a survivor of sexual assault via a forensic examination up to 5 days after an assault. The survivor should not bathe, shower, douche, brush their teeth, change clothes, eat, drink, smoke, or urinate if possible. If the survivor does change clothes, the clothes they were wearing when the assault occurred should be transported to the hospital in a paper bag.
Forensic evidence can be collected at area hospitals, including University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, Saint Francis Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. A SHARE advocate or Womanspace advocate can accompany a survivor to the hospital.