Confidential Care and Support
Specially-trained forensic nurses at Rancho Springs emergency department are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages, including children, who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.
Our forensic nurse examiners and emergency personnel are sensitive to a victim's medical and emotional needs after experiencing a trauma like sexual assault and keep all information confidential.
What to Expect
After checking in at the emergency department, a physician will conduct an exam and determine if there are any medical concerns or injuries that need to be addressed. Victims can undergo exams up to five days after the assault even if they have showered, eaten or changed clothes. During the exam, the physician also collects swabs for DNA, evaluates a patient's risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, and may obtain blood and urine samples for lab tests. They will contact a forensic nurse, rape crisis advocate and law enforcement, unless that is against the victim's wishes.
Victims do not have to file a police report immediately after a sexual assault. The Violence Against Women Act entitles a victim to a forensic exam without making a police report. This allows them the time to collect their thoughts and have evidence preserved until they are ready to talk about what happened. Your information will remain confidential.
If you or someone you know are a victim of sexual assault or abuse, contact the Emergency Department at 951-696-6161 and ask to speak to the on-call forensic nurse. You may also contact a local rape crisis center:
- Center Against Sexual Assault: 951-652-8300
- Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center: 951-686-7273