Seeking Medical Attention After a Sexual Assault

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.

Helpful Links:

Winnipeg Police Service – Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Victims Services
Winnipeg Police Service – Victim Services
Provincial Victim Services
Trauma Recovery
SANE program
Teen Clinic
STI Testing