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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, they 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 they decides to change clothes, do not wash the clothes worn during the assault. Bring them to the hospital.

What Will Happen at the ER

Healthcare provides can perform a medical examination, collect forensic evidence, and perform baselines tests for pregnancy, HIV, and other STI's. They provide emergency contraception and medications. 

A doctor or nurse will call an advocate from Northwest CASA 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 they do not feel comfortable doing so, the survivor is not required to speak with the police or with the victim advocate. 

Evidence collection procedures have multiple components; survivors have the right to refuse any piece of it. If someone is undecided about how to move forward the hospital will hold the evidence collection kit for up to a week. The survivor has the right to request that a friend or partner stay with them in the emergency room, and the right to request that every procedure be explained. Survivors have the right to request testing for "date rape drugs", emergency contraception, and follow up care.  More information about the evidence collection process can be found through Northwest CASA


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 they do not have health insurance, the bill will be covered by the state.