The North Coast Rape Crisis Team is available to speak with you about your questions regarding medical care, including concerns about payment options, access, and confidentiality. The NCRCT also provides advocates who can meet you at the hospital or clinic, free of charge. Call 24 hours a day: (707) 445-2881.
Medical professionals in California are mandated reporters, which means they are required to notify law enforcement when treating an injury or illness caused by sexual assault. However, it is up to you to accept or deny contact with the police if they are called to the medical center. Receiving medical care does not mean that you are required to continue involvement with law enforcement. You have the right to share your experience of sexual violence at your own comfort level. It is important to understand that medical professionals may not be able to provide the best care for your needs without complete information.
If you are interested in reporting to law enforcement, there is another pathway to medical care, see the section below concerning the SART, which stands for Sexual Assault Response Team – and is the term used to describe the exam that provides for evidence collection used for prosecution.
If you are concerned about physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy, you may want to obtain medical attention for the following reasons:
You always have the right to refuse any medical treatment at any time. If you'd like to learn about your rights in California as a recipient of health care, you may visit The California Patient's Guide.
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