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:
You do not need to call ahead.
If you have questions, you can call the ER at 412-641-4950.
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:
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:
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.
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:
Most ER visits for sexual assault last several hours.
Your visit may include the following:
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.
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.
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:
The CAC requires appointments. Call the intake line at 412-692-8747.
If someone assaults you, do not hesitate to get help. Call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
UPMC Magee-Womens ER
You do not need to call ahead.
If you have questions, call the ER at Magee at 412-641-4950.