If you have been assaulted, consider visiting an ER (where you will likely find staff such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, who are trained in working with individuals who experience sexual violence). Medical professionals can help you check for injuries, be screened and educated regarding sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy and collect evidence.
Evidence collection in NYC does not require you to file a police report, but preserving evidence allows you options. For the purposes of evidence collection, it is recommended that you avoid eating/drinking, showering, brushing your teeth or changing your clothes. Even if you have done any of these things, evidence can still be collected and it remains important that you seek medical attention. You may wish to bring a change of clothes with you (or have a friend bring you a change of clothes) when you do seek medical attention.
These steps promptly after an incident can be very helpful in later criminal proceedings and/or in seeking a civil order of protection. The medical treatment resources listed below can provide treatment for injuries and for potential exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. They also provide emergency contraception and other health services. They can assist in preserving evidence of documenting any injuries, including by helping you connect with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, who is specially trained to collect evidence (collect a rape kit).
- Primary Care Health Service
Can assist with STI examinations as well as helping you access hospitals with SAFE Centers.
- St. Luke's (Mt. Sinai)
1111 Amsterdam Ave. at West 113th St.
- New York Presbyterian- Columbia
622 W. 168th St.
- Bellevue Hospital
462 First Ave. at E. 27th St.
- Beth Israel-Petrie Campus
First Avenue at E. 16th St.
- Harlem Hospital
506 Malcolm X Blvd. at W. 135th St.
- Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 1st Ave. at 96th St.
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
1 Gustave L Levy Pl. (5th Ave.) at E. 98th St.
- New York-Presbyterian- The Allen Pavilion
5141 Broadway at W. 221th St.
- New York-Presbyterian- Weill Cornell
525 E. 68th St. at York Ave.