Quick Facts

  • A Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) will preserve evidence in case the student decides to pursue criminal charges and may be done up to 96 hours (4 days) after an assault.
  • Don't urinate before going to the hospital. Date rape drugs leave your body quickly.  Rohypnol (aka "Roofies") stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours. For more information on date rape drugs, click here.
  • If a student is sexually assaulted, preserving any available evidence, including the results of SAFE, blood tests for “date rape” drugs, and/or testing urine, allows the student to leave open the option of criminal prosecution in the future without obligating the student to make an immediate decision.
  • Some kinds of evidence may only be collected within a short period of time after an assault, delaying action to preserve evidence immediately after an assault may reduce the chances for a successful criminal prosecution in the future.
  • While submitting to a SAFE medical exam, and/or other testing may be emotionally traumatic in the immediate aftermath of an assault, some local hospitals have specially trained clinicians, often referred to as SANE, who are experienced in helping survivors through the process.
  • The nearest SANE hospital is Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center. A complete list of SANE hospitals can be found here.
  • If you are a survivor of sexual assault and receive a sexual assault forensic examination within 96 hours after the assault you will not be charged for the forensic examination conducted at a local emergency department or medications provided to you aiding in prevention of certain sexually transmitted infections that you may have been exposed to during the assault. You may be charged for other medications administered during the course of your treatment or diagnostic testing performed by the emergency room physician if needed. To assist with payment of these expenses you may be eligible to receive funding from the Ohio Crime Victim's Compensation Fund through the Ohio Attorney General's Office.