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Medical Examination Checklist

This checklist will help you through the process of a medical examination.

  • If you reported to the police, the police officers take you to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) or you go by yourself or have an early evidence kit with them. It is also possible to contact the SARC on your own You contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre yourself, without contacting the police. This is possible directly or by visiting a hospital or GP.

  • If an Early Evidence Kit (EEK) is used, the police explain what it is and ask you to sign a consent form.

  • Before going to the SARC, you are advised by the police to take a change of clothes and underwear with you to change into after the examination. Since the clothes you were wearing during the incident may be evidence, they may not be returned to you until the criminal proceedings have ended.

  • The SARC offer you a crisis worker to speak to.

  • You are reminded by the police that you have the right to be accompanied by a family member or a friend during the medical examination. It is also possible to ask for an interpreter if you need one!

  • The forensic medical examination takes place with your consent. The results will be given to the police.

  • You are asked about your preference to be examined by either a female or male Forensic Medical Examiner and are provided that, if they are available.

  • As a result of the examination, the doctor produces a report for the police about the samples taken from you and the observations made.

  • You have the right to ask for the results of the exam. If you ask for them, they are provided to you.