• Medical Care and Emotional Support

    If you are in danger and need immediate assistance call 911 – Police and Emergency Medical Services.

    The Importance of Care After Sexual Assault

    Call 911 if you need emergency medical assistance (EMS).

    You have the option of going to a hospital emergency room for medical care. To preserve the evidence, it is best not to shower, wash, douche, eat or drink fluids, if possible. Carry evidence in a clean paper bag. If it is more than 96 hours after a sexual assault, it is still recommended that you receive medical care, but you will not have available all the options discussed below. You have the right to refuse any or all parts of the treatment/evidence collection kit. Medical care following an assault includes:

    • A physical exam to check any internal or external injuries and to document injuries
    • Evidence collection kit (up to 96 hours after a sexual assault)
    • Preventive treatment for sexually transmitted infections
    • Preventive treatment for HIV (up to 36 hours after a sexual assault)
    • Emergency contraception, also known as Plan B or Ella (up to 120 hours after a sexual assault)
    • Medical follow-up referrals and information

    Please Note: Going to a hospital emergency room does not mean you have to report the crime to the police. You can go to the hospital and get medical attention/evidence collection and then take some time to think about whether you want to report the crime to the Police. The hospital emergency room is required to store the evidence collection kit for up to 30 days. If you do not want medical care from a hospital emergency room, it is still encouraged you seek medical attention. You can see your private medical provider or a medical provider at Student Health Services on campus, where you may feel more comfortable (you may not have available all the options stated above at a private medical provider’s office or Student Health Services, especially the evidence collection kit). Federal law requires forensic exams (evidence collection) be conducted for free regardless of your decision to report the incident to the police or not.

    It is recommended that you go for medical care at one of the hospitals listed below. These hospitals have Rape Crisis Programs and have trained Advocates available 24 hours. The Advocates will provide emotional support and information and help with the police reporting process, if needed.

    • Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital Emergency Department
      16th Street at 1st Avenue – Phone: 212.420.4054
    • Roosevelt Hospital Emergency Department
      1000 Tenth Avenue at 59th Street - Phone: 212.523.4728

    Emotional Support Resources

    • Student Health Services
      80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
      Phone: 212.229.1671, option 1
      (After hours a nurse will answer the phone)
    • St. Luke's/Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center
      Phone: 212.523.4728
    • NYC Anti-Violence Project (LGBTQH)
      Phone: 212.714.1141