Medical Advocacy

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.

If you have been victimized by a sexual battery and it has been less than 120 hours, please contact our office for assistance at (813) 974-5756 or our 24/7 Victim Helpline at (813) 974-5757.

If it has been more than 120 hours, you still have options. Click here to learn more or call to speak with an advocate.