Healthcare After Sexual Assault

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Your safety and well-being are important to us. In addition to the healthcare services listed below, WWU also offers non-medical advocacy support to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse (intimate partner, dating, domestic violence), stalking and/or sexual harassment.

Survivor Advocacy Support at WWU

24-Hour Advocacy Support

Support Through the Student Health Center

If you have experienced sexual assault or physical violence, medical care may be an important next step.

The Student Health Center is here to support you. While we do not provide sexual assault forensic exams, we do provide students with important medical care after sexual assault:

  • A physical exam to identify and treat any injuries
  • Emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing
  • Medication (prophylaxis) to prevent contracting HIV and other STIs
  • Follow up care after a sexual assault forensic exam

If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 360-650-3400. You can also contact us through MyWesternHealth. Log in and click “Messages.”

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Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (Off-Campus)

A sexual assault forensic exam, also referred to as a SANE exam or “rape kit,” is another option for survivors. The exam is done by a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, typically at a hospital within 72 hours (up to 5 days) following a sexual assault. You do not have to file a police report to have the exam. The nurse can collect and save evidence whether you decide to make a report or not. You should be the one to decide if you want to have this exam.

Where can I get a sexual assault forensic exam in Bellingham?

Forensic exams are available at St. Joseph’s Medical Center by going to the emergency room.

Where can I get the exam in other counties in Washington? 

Visit the Washington State Resource for Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Care and select your county to view a list of locations.

Can an advocate be present with me for the exam? 

Yes, advocates from DVSAS in Bellingham are available 24/7.