An advocate can arrange a Medical/Forensic Exam following a sexual battery (rape). Forensic Medical Exams can be done up to 120 hours (5 days) following the sexual battery. A client does not have to file a police report to get an exam. Forensic Medical Exams are done 24/7 at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (not the hospital), and are used to collect evidence, provide post-exposure pregnancy and STI preventatives, and assess for internal injuries.
An advocate can also assist a client in obtaining STI and pregnancy preventative measures following a sexual battery, and can arrange for medical care with ongoing STI testing or treatment.
Advocates can accompany clients to any medical appointments related to victimization at the client's request.