Enough Is Enough

SAFE & SANE Examinations

Preserving Evidence and Sexual Assault Exam

Survivors of sexual assault are strongly advised to have an exam completed by a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) or sexual assault nurse examiner-adult/adolescent (SANE-A). Examinations of this sort may be difficult, so it is advised that, if possible, you have a friend or family member accompany you. In addition, the following are recommended to ensure the exam evidence is not contaminated.

  • Avoid bathing or washing yourself before being examined. You should not take a shower, wash your hands or face, comb your hair, or douche. Normal, everyday behavior, such as going to the bathroom, can destroy or remove evidence of sexual assault; you should try to avoid doing so, if possible.
  • Try not to smoke or drink anything. Altering your appearance can hide bruising or lacerations that can be cited as evidence when pressing charges. It is best not to apply makeup or any other substance that can change your appearance.
  • Evidence of the assault can be found in the fibers of your clothes, strands of your hair, or on other parts of your body, so it is important to try to preserve as much evidence as possible. Clothing, towels, sheets, and other items should not be washed or moved.
  • The clothing worn at the time of the assault should be brought to the hospital in a sanitary container, such as a paper bag or a clean sheet. If the clothing worn at the time of the assault is still being worn, it is advised to bring a change of clothes to the hospital.

Privileged and Confidential Resources

Mount Sinai Medical Center Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
One Gustave L. Levy Place

New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital
170 William Street
*Available 24/7

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE)
622 W 168th Street, HP2
New York, NY 10032

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
General Information number: 212-562-4141
Emergency Room (Adult): 212-562-4347

Rape Crisis Program
First Avenue & 27th Street
C&D Building, 4th Floor, Room 408
New York, NY 10016

Beth Israel Medical Center, Petrie Division
16th Street and 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
General Number: 212-420-2000
Emergency Services 212-420-2840

Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Beth Israel Medical Center
Dept. of Social Work
317 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Center for Victim Support
Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Ave., Rm. 6111
New York, NY 10037
Hotline: 212- 939-4613

Mount Sinai West
1000 Tenth Avenue at 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street
New York, NY 10025

Crime Victims Treatment Center
40 Exchange Place
Suite 510
New York City 10005