At the hospital
When you get to the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital, an emergency nurse will ask you a few questions about your health. Then the nurse will contact the Sexual Assault Service. The nurse will take you to a safe, private room. The Sexual Assault Service will arrive within 45 minutes.
Our specially-trained nurses and doctors will care for you in a safe and supportive environment. We will explain how we can help, and respond to any questions or concerns you might have. We will offer you choices about your care. These choices include a check for injuries, medications for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and/or forensic sample collection. You will decide what you would like us to do, and we will respect your decisions.
At the hospital, we will give you information about your legal options. It is your choice whether or not to report the sexual assault to the police. We will support whatever decision you make. If you choose to report to the police, we can collect forensic samples and summarize our findings in a medical legal report. If the case goes to court, we can testify (tell the court about the medical findings).