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Emergency Medical Assistance

Seeking Local Emergency Medical Attention

An individual who experiences sexual assault, or any other form of interpersonal violence, is strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention.

If you do choose to go to a hospital as a result of a sexual assault, you are entitled to a free evidence collection examination performed by a sexual assault Nurse Examiner (“SANE Nurse”).  In Northern Virginia the preferred hospital for such an exam is INOVA Fairfax, where they have specially trained nurses on-call 24 hours a day for such purposes, no matter where in Northern Virginia the crime occurred.

SANE Nurses can:

  • Assess injuries related to physical trauma;

  • Evaluate for sexually transmitted infections and possible pregnancy;
  • Provide medical care (including medications to prevent infections and pregnancy); and,
  • Can, within the first 72 hours after a sexual assault, administer a “forensic exam” to document and collects evidence of sexual contact and/or physical trauma (including injuries to the body and genitals), trace evidence, biological fluids, and identifiable DNA. When there is reason to believe that an assault may have been facilitated by the use of drugs or alcohol, the forensic exam may also include the collection of urine and blood samples for toxicology testing.

Students and Employees are not required to report an incident to law enforcement or the University in order to receive medical attention or a forensic exam.  Regardless of whether a forensic exam is obtained within the first 72 hours after a sexual assault, Students and Employees are encouraged to seek follow-up care to address any ongoing medical concerns, including those related to sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.  Students and employees may access follow-up care through any appropriate health care provider outside of the University.

For assistance in this process, contact the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC) 24-hour Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line at 703-380-1434.

Local Area Hospitals (Northern Virginia)
  • INOVA Fairfax Hospital
    3300 Gallows Road
    Falls Church, VA 22042
  • INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital
    3600 Joseph Siewick Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22033
    (703) 391-3600
  • INOVA Alexandria Hospital
    4320 Seminary Road
    Alexandria, VA 22304
    (703) 504-3000
  • Loudon Hosptial Center
    44045 Riverside Parkway
    Leesburg, VA 20176
    (703) 858-6000
  • Mount Vernon Hospital
    2501 Parker's Lane
    Alexandria, VA 22306
    (703) 664-7000
  • Northern Virginia Community Hospital
    601 S. Carlin Springs Road
    Arlington, VA 22204
    (703) 671-1200
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
    2300 Opitz Boulevard
    Woodbridge, VA 22191
    (703) 670-1313
  • Prince William Hospital
    8700 Sudley Road
    Manassas, VA 20110
    (703) 369-8000
  • Reston Hospital Center
    1850 Town Center Parkway
    Reston, VA 20190
    (703) 689-9000
  • Virginia Hospital Center
    1701 N. George Mason Drive
    Arlington, VA 22205
    (703) 558-5000
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For a list of health and safety resources located on or near campus, click here.