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Things to Keep in Mind while Accessing Forensic Medical Help

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information if you would like to seek forensic medical help after having confronted an instance of sexual or gender-based violence. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach. Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you! Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid. Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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Can I request forensic evidence to be collected?

During a medical exam, if you feel that you want to report the sexual assault immediately, or, a little while later, you can request forensic evidence to be collected.

What does forensic medical evidence comprise of?

How will forensic evidence be helpful to me?

What should I avoid doing before I take a forensic medical exam?

Should I take additional clothing with me for this exam?

Within how many hours can DNA evidence be collected?

How long does a forensic medical exam take?

Should I take someone with me for this exam?

What if I feel uncomfortable during the exam?

What will I be asked by practitioners during a forensic medical exam?

What part/s of my body will be examined during a forensic medical exam?

Where can I get a Forensic Medical Exam?

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