Depending on your age and where you live, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can provide medical care and/or evidence for a police investigation for 3 to 5 days following a sexual assault. A SANE is a registered nurse who has specialized training to provide medical care and/or forensic examination of sexual assault victims.
You can get medical care at your doctor’s, a hospital, walk-in, or STI Klinic anytime following a sexual assault.
Even if you don’t seem to be physically injured, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention. A medical practitioner can address concerns around:
- Internal and external injuries
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Pregnancy and emergency contraception (Plan B)
- Other forms of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
The forensic examination has the following time limits:
- Post-pubertal victims up to 120 hours post assault
- Pre-pubertal victims up to 72 hours post assault
After these timelines, it becomes increasingly difficult to collect DNA evidence. There may be special circumstances where police request a forensic examination after these timelines. This decision will be made in collaboration with the SANE, Winnipeg Police Services Sex Crimes Unit or RCMP Major Crimes.