Emergency Care for Sexual Assault

Those who have been sexually assaulted may choose to go to the emergency room. The nearest one to the Evanston Campus is:

Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Avenue

At the emergency room, doctors and nurses can treat injuries, test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, test for pregnancy and conduct a rape evidence collection procedure.

If the survivor chooses not to go to the emergency room, s/he should still consider seeing a private doctor or a clinician at NU Health Service to treat injuries, test for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and obtain emergency contraception.

Getting to the ER

Any student requiring emergency medical transport for a serious medical condition should call 911.

For serious or urgent situations that do not require an ambulance, the NU Health Service can assist with Urgent Medical Transport Services

Before Going to the ER

If possible, the survivor should not shower, bathe, douche or change clothes or bedding before going to the hospital. If s/he decides to change clothes, do not wash the clothes worn during the assault. Bring them to the hospital.

What Will Happen at the ER

A doctor or nurse will call an advocate from Evanston Victim Services who is trained to assist survivors in understanding medical and evidence collection procedures. A nurse will also call the Evanston or University Police Department and an officer will come to the emergency room to speak with the survivor.

If s/he does not feel comfortable doing so, the survivor is not required to speak with the police or with the victim advocate.

The survivor has the right to request that a friend or partner stay with her/him in the emergency room, and the right to request that every procedure be explained.

If the survivor suspects that a "date rape drug" such as GHB or rohypnol was used, medical personnel can perform a urinary drug test. Date rape drugs pass quickly through the body, so it is important to get tested as soon as possible after the assault. The urine sample can be held up to 48 hours before testing. So if the survivor is unsure about a drug test, s/he can provide the sample and ask that it be held until a decision is made.

For more information on the effects of date rape drugs, visit the One Student website.


Survivors of sexual assault are not required to pay for any examinations or services that they receive during their visit to the emergency room.

If the survivor has private health insurance, the hospital will attempt to collect payment, and the visit to the ER will appear on the insurance billing statement. If s/he does not have health insurance, the bill will be covered by the state.