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Sexual Assault Resources

If you have experienced sexual assault, you can get treatment at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. You can come to the hospital alone, with a support person, or with the police.

The important thing is to go in.

If you've changed your clothes, bring the items you were wearing during the assault in a paper bag, if possible.

To provide easy access from all major roadways, the UPMC Magee Emergency Room has a new entrance at:

300 Craft Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

You do not need to call ahead.

If you have questions, you can call the ER at 412-641-4950.

What Is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is sexual contact or action without the victim's consent.

Consent is an agreement between two conscious people where they both agree to take part in sexual activity.

Consent is an ongoing process. You can withdraw consent at any time during sexual activity.

Sexual assault includes contact or actions when the victim can't consent.

Types of sexual assault include:

  • Forced intercourse.
  • Child molestation or incest.
  • Unwanted touching or fondling.
  • Attempted or completed rape.

What to Do if You're Sexually Assaulted

If you're the victim of one of these crimes, you may ask what you should do after a sexual assault.

Here are the steps to follow if someone sexually assaults you:

  • First, find a safe place to go then dial 911 or go to the nearest ER.
  • Contact a trusted friend or family member who can support you.
  • Know that the assault was not your fault.

Go to the ER for care

Going to the hospital after a sexual assault is vital. You don't have to collect evidence or file a police report.

You should go to the ER so our providers can ensure you are safe and healthy.

You can seek help at any ER so staff can make sure you're safe and healthy. But at Magee, we have sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) on staff.

A SANE has the training to treat people over 14 who have experienced sexual assault. They will also be with you to discuss your medical and legal options.

Magee will also contact Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR), who will send an advocate to help you through the process.

Preserve evidence of the assault

If you decide to collect evidence at the hospital, the trained providers will collect it from your body and clothes. Your daily activities may destroy any potential evidence.

To help preserve evidence, do not:

  • Change your clothes.
  • Shower or bathe.
  • Eat or drink.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Use the bathroom if you can.

What To Expect at the ER After a Sexual Assault

Most ER visits for sexual assault last several hours.

Your visit may include the following:

  • Filing a police report.
  • Collecting evidence.
  • Having a physical exam.
  • Taking pictures.
  • Medical tests.

How you want to proceed is up to you.

At the end of the visit, the SANE will provide resources for any follow-up to care or needed repeat tests. PAAR advocates will provide resources, such as information about counseling.

Domestic violence cases at the ER

The process is similar in domestic violence cases, which may also involve photos and police reporting.

Magee can provide a social worker to help with the process and find shelter placement if needed or wanted.

What To Do if Someone You Know is Sexually Assaulted

Sexual assault is never the victim's fault.

If you or someone you know suffered sexual assault and need help or guidance, call the PAAR helpline at 1-866-363-7273. Advocates are ready to help 24/7.

If you or your loved one is a minor, The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh can help.

The CAC provides the following services for children under 18:

  • Complete medical exams.
  • Forensic interviews.
  • Support service referrals.

The CAC requires appointments. Call the intake line at 412-692-8747.

Resources for Sexual Assault

    If someone assaults you, do not hesitate to get help. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER.

     

    Find an Emergency Room Near You.

     

    UPMC Magee-Womens ER

    300 Craft Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    You do not need to call ahead.

    If you have questions, call the ER at Magee at 412-641-4950.