If you have serious physical injuries as a result of a sexual assault, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
You can also call the Sex Abuse Treatment Center’s (SATC) 24-hour hotline at 808-524-7273, or go to Kapiolani Medical Center within 120 hours of the assault. Although going to the hospital after a sexual assault may feel overwhelming, it’s a safe place to get help. You will meet an SATC counsellor there who will stay with you the entire time.
A Medical Forensic Examination
- Is available to any victim of sexual assault. Examinations are done within 120 hours of a sexual assault. Medical care following a sexual assault is important even if you have no visible injuries. This service:
- Ensures proper medical attention and addresses concerns about the risks of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and pregnancy.
- Collects and preserves evidence, even if you don’t want to report the assault to the police. Sometimes victims decide to pursue legal action later.
- The examination is done in the Emergency Room of Kapiolani Medical Center (1319 Punahou Street).
- You can bring a friend or relative to the hospital for support.
- You can receive the examination even if you don’t want to report the incident to police.
- Interpreters are available for those who have limited English ability or for the deaf or hard of hearing.
- Crisis counseling is provided by the SATC worker during the medical exam.
- If you’re female, be aware that all Hawaii hospitals are required to provide information about and access to emergency contraception following a sexual assault, whether or not you choose to undergo a medical forensic examination or report the sexual assault to law enforcement.
- There is NO COST for the Medical Forensic Examination or crisis counseling. For more information, visit: The SATC Medical Forensic Examination