University Health Service

Hands holding teal ribbons for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

If you were sexually assaulted, we recommend that you have a sexual assault exam. 

Even if you are unsure whether you were sexually assaulted, we recommend that you have a sexual assault exam.

The sexual assault exam at UHS:

  • Is best when done within 120 hours (5 days) after the assault, and the sooner the better; this is the time limit for evidence collection, however if you miss this timing, we can still evaluate and treat you
  • Is offered:
    • Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri, 8 AM - 2 PM
    • Thurs 9 AM - 2 PM
  • Can identify physical trauma and develop a plan for treatment
  • Can treat to prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, if needed
  • Can collect evidence that may be used in legal processes, if desired
  • Is done by a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), with an advocate present (read below); you may also bring a friend if desired
  • Is more convenient and may be more familiar than seeking care in the hospital Emergency Department

Eligibility for this service:

  • U-M students from all campuses
  • U-M alumni
  • U-M faculty, staff and retirees
  • Spouses, domestic partners, and dependents (10 years and older) of the above

Call ahead when possible:

When possible, call 734-764-8320 before arrival so we can advise you and prepare for you. Calling may save you a trip to UHS, e.g. after 2 PM, you would be advised to go to the hospital Emergency Department instead of UHS. 

Recommendations after the assault and before the exam:

  • Do not wash or bathe at all.
  • Do not eat or drink.
  • Do not urinate, but if you need to, collect your urine and label it with the date of collection. If possible, get someone to witness the collection, because a witness will create stronger evidence.
  • Do not change clothes,or if you do, bring your old clothes to the exam for collection. You can bring new clothes to wear after the exam, or we can give you a new sweat suit to wear.

If you were drinking or using other drugs:

You will not get in legal trouble for using alcohol or other drugs at the time of the assault. Many people who are under legal age for drinking or who have used drugs fear legal trouble and are hesitant to talk to care providers or law enforcement. Our goal is to provide care for your physical, emotional and safety needs.

Fees:

There is no fee for the sexual assault exam at UHS. There is no fee for preventive medications if the exam is done within 120 hours after assault.  Exams will not be billed to your health insurance without your consent.

An advocate is available:

An advocate can provide support and information to help you make the best decisions for yourself, however you do not need to speak with an advocate if you decide you don’t want their services.

  • If you are a U-M student, faculty or staff, your advocate would be from Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.
  • For anyone else, your advocate would be from SafeHouse Center.

Reporting is your choice:

We encourage you to report to law enforcement and to participate in U-M’s internal review process (where it applies) but you don’t have to -- it’s your choice.  You can have an exam and treatment without reporting.

Also, you don’t have to make a decision about reporting at the time of your exam.

If evidence is collected as part of your sexual assault exam at UHS, police will be contacted, however it’s your choice whether to share any information with them or to file a police report.

If you file a report later, it can be helpful to have any evidence collected for your case. If you choose not to file a police report at the time of the exam, your evidence will be retained for at least one year.

We start by believing:

UHS has adopted Start by Believing, a public awareness campaign designed to improve response to sexual assault in our communities.

Knowing how to respond to disclosure of sexual assault is critical, so UHS staff have received training to Start by Believing.

For your safety:

Call 911 if you are in danger or fear for your physical safety.

If it is not an emergency, you can call the U-M Police at 734-763-1131.

Free and confidential resources to help you understand your rights and options:

U-M resources:

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) – For U-M students, faculty and staff who are survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. 24-hour crisis line: 734-936-3333

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) -  Free, confidential services for U-M students. 24-hour line: 734-764-8312

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) - For staff, faculty and their immediate family members;  provides short-term counseling, personalized coaching and educational presentations. 734-936-8600.

U-M Health System Employee Assistance Program – For UMHS faculty and staff

Community resources:

SafeHouse Center - Free and confidential services for any person impacted by domestic abuse or sexual assault, and who lives or works in Washtenaw County. Programs include counseling, court accompaniment, information and referrals, emergency shelter and personal advocacy. 24-hour line: 734-995-5444

National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800-656-4673