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Victims of sexual assault in Colorado have three options for reporting. They may choose to file a law enforcement report, a medical report, or an anonymous report. In all cases, victims determine whether to have a medical forensic exam (sexual assault specific medical care and evidence collection). They are not financially responsible for the cost of the evidence collection portion of the exam. During the exam, the individual determines what, if any, evidence will be collected.
In Colorado, victims receiving medical care can choose which type of report occurs. In some cases, where the victim is a minor or an at-risk elder, medical professionals may be required to report the abuse. Adult victims, between the ages of 18 and 69, can choose whether or not they wish to report to law enforcement and have a medical forensic exam (MFE) completed.
There are three different types of reporting options to victims:
The type of report and whether evidence is collected determines what payment programs are available to assist victims with medical bills. Victims are never responsible for payment of evidence collection; however, there may be other medical expenses.
No Evidence Collected (Medical Care Only)
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs have medical professionals trained in sexual assault response and care. These programs provide medical care and evidence collection, if desired, for sexual assault victims (evidence collection is not required to obtain sexual assault specific medical care).
Most health care facilities (e.g., primary care, public health clinics, Planned Parenthood, urgent care clinics, hospitals) should be able to provide sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, as well as pregnancy prevention and treatment. If these medical facilities will not provide those services, contact an advocate or your nearest SANE Program (PDF) for assistance.
SANE Nurse Locations (PDF)
Suspect Evidence Collection Protocol (PDF)
Victim Evidence Collection Protocol (PDF)