It is strongly encouraged that all survivors of sexual assault receive some type of medical care in order to check for internal injury, pregnancy and STIs. Medical evidence obtained at the hospital through a rape kit is of crucial value if an assault victim decides to pursue their case in the criminal justice system. That evidence should be collected as close to the assault as possible, usually within 24-72 hours. She/he should not shower, bathe, brush teeth, douche, or change her/his clothes and should bring a complete change of clothes to the hospital, because the hospital may need to keep the clothes she/he was wearing for evidence.
Health Services Staff, Marilou Allen and SAs are available to accompany survivors seeking medical help. They can also contact a volunteer counselor from Delaware County Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), who will meet the survivor and college support staff at the hospital.
WOAR, which provides counseling and advocacy free of charge, may be called directly at 610-566-4342. (This is a 24-Hour Hotline)
Victims Services, located in Montgomery County, Norristown, PA will also send counselors to the hospital to assist the victim. They can be called directly at 610-277-5200, and they are available 24 hours a day and are completely confidential. *Note that the majority of Haverford is located within Delaware County, with only a small portion of faculty housing falling within Montgomery County.