If you have been sexually assaulted or raped, one of the first concerns is your medical condition. It is critical that you get a medical examination to assess for physical injuries, to test for the possibility of sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy, and most importantly for your own well-being. If done promptly, the exam can also obtain important evidence that can be used in a criminal prosecution.
Here are some general guidelines for preserving evidence:
- Preserve all physical evidence available to for purposes of documentation.
- Don’t bathe, shower, or douche until you’ve had a medical examination.
- Do not brush your teeth or chew gum.
- You can change clothes, but do not launder what you were wearing at the time of the incident — keep the clothes in a paper bag to preserve evidence.
- If the crime scene is accessible to you, disturb it as little as possible.
- Don’t change or wash bedding.
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