All victims of sexual assault have a right, under Michigan law, to have a forensic medical examination and evidence kit collected up to 120 hours (5 days) after the assault in order to preserve any evidence of the assault. The forensic exam will be administered by a registered nurse who has received advanced training to provide care and treatment to sexual assault victims.
Even if you are not sure that you want to file a police report, it can be helpful to have any available evidence collected in case you decide to file a report with law enforcement at a later date. The nurse can also provide
emergency contraception, treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other needed medical
care. Sexual assault forensic exams will not be billed to medical insurance without your consent. You can obtain a forensic exam and evidence kit at any of these facilities:
U-M Health System (UMHS)
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
University Health Services (UHS)
(during regular business hours)
If you seek evidence collection through any of these facilities, the police will be contacted; however, it is
up to you whether to share any information with law enforcement. If you choose not to file a police report at the time the kit is completed, the medical facility where the evidence was collected will retain it for at least one year.
An advocate from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center will be available at the medical
facility to provide information and support for University of Michigan students, staff, or faculty. An advocate from SAFEHouse will be available for anyone, whether or not a member of the U-M community, who requests one. You do not have to speak with an advocate.
Not all experiences of domestic or dating violence cause visible injuries. If visible injuries are present, it can be helpful to document them with photographs, if it is safe to do so. It is also important to seek medical attention if possible and safe to do so.
If you have experienced stalking, it can be helpful to an investigation to retain any evidence of that behavior, including documentation of any unwanted communication (whether written, oral, electronic), postings (such as on social media), gifts, etc.