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 up to 10 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 office, 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 10 days post assault
  • Pre-pubertal victims up to 3 days 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.

Learn more about the Sexual Assault Response Team here:


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

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