During a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE), a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) talks with the survivor to understand what happened during the assault, and proceeds with evidence collection based on the details disclosed by the survivor. The evidence is then stored in a SAFE kit for 90 days. After 90 days, survivors will be contacted to determine if they are interested in exploring legal action.
There is no cost for the forensic examination and no bill should be generated. Injuries sustained during the assault can also be treated at the hospital; however, fees will be associated with such treatment.
If it is warranted, evidence collection is accompanied by the dispensation of emergency contraception and/or sexually transmitted infection (STI) prophylaxis, exclusive of HIV.