After a traumatic event, such as a sexual assault or some other form of sexual or gender-based violence, it is important to seek medical care. Health care providers can help you determine the extent of injuries, whether medications are needed (e.g., emergency contraception, antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infection, antiretroviral medication to prevent HIV) and assist emotionally, and to collect and preserve physical evidence Sexual Assault Nursing Exams (SANE).
You may obtain medical care at any medical facility.
The hospitals listed below with a * are regional healthcare facilities with nurses (called "SANE nurses" or Forensic Nurse Examiners, "FNE") who are specially trained to perform a forensic sexual assault examination (SANE exam) that preserves evidence within the first 72 hours after an assault.
Centra Southside Community HospitalIf survivors present at Centra Southside, they will be transported to Centra Lynchburg for a SANE exam, free of charge.
800 Oak St
Farmville, VA 23901
*Centra Lynchburg General Hospital (SANE nurse program)
1901 Tate Springs Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24501
*VCU Hospital, Richmond (Emergency Department, Forensic Nurse Examiners Program)
*Bon Secours Hospital, Richmond (SANE nurse program)
Virginia Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Programs (PDF)
You are strongly encouraged to report sexual and gender-based violence to the police. Reporting to police will not affect your ability to pursue action through the University process and does not obligate you to pursue a criminal process.
Some content used with permission from the University of Virginia, 2018.