After a sexual assault, it is important to receive medical care, even if you do not see any injuries.

You can receive a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, where a trained nurse or physician will look for things that might identify an attacker, as well as provide medical care for injuries and to help prevent things like STIs and pregnancy. You can decide to report to the police when you get the exam or you can decide that you do not want to talk to the police at that time-either way the exam will be FREE. For more information on what an exam may include, please read on below.  An advocate from your local Rape Crisis Center can also accompany you to receive your exam to support you through the process.

For information about the SAFE Program nearest you, click the location on the map

For a list of SAFE of Program click here

What happens during a SAFE

During the exam, the nurse will collect “forensic evidence”-this means they will look for things that might identify the attacker, such as hairs, fibers, and body fluids. The exam may include swabs in the mouth and photographs of visible injuries. An internal exam may be conducted on adolescent and adult women, similar to what you might experience during a gynecologist appointment. You may be asked to give blood, urine, and hair. All of these samples are to increase the chances that they will be able to identify your attacker. When you tell your medical provider what happened during your assault, this helps them know where to look and what samples to take. 

When you are sexually assaulted, you may be fearful that you may become pregnant or get an STI, but during a SAFE a medical provider can help decrease the chances of these things happening. You can receive emergency contraception to decrease the chances of becoming pregnant. You may be given preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You may also be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and given preventative treatment, or you may be referred to your local health department for testing. If you are concerned about possible HIV infection, visit the Maryland Community Services Locator to find HIV testing, treatment, and care sites near you. All of these options can be very effective but need to be taken as soon as possible to work their best. 

An advocate from your local Rape Crisis Center can accompany you throughout your exam to support you, answer your questions, and help you throughout the process. Click here to find the number for your local center

 

SAFE Program Locations in Maryland

Western Maryland Regional Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

12500 Willow Brook Rd.

Cumberland, MD 21502

(240) 964-1333

Anne Arundel Medical Center

FNE-A

2001 Medical Pkwy.

Annapolis, MD 21401

(443) 481-1200

Baltimore Washington Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

301 Hospital Drive

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

(410) 787-4565

Mercy Medical Center

FNE-A

345 St. Paul Place

Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 332-9494

University of Maryland Medical Center

Pediatric Emergency Department –

Under 13 years old

Exam by ER physician

22 S. Greene Street.

Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 328-6335

Greater Baltimore Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

6701 Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21204

(443) 849-3323

Calvert Health Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

100 Hospital Road Prince

Prince Frederick, MD 20678

(410) 535-8344

UM Shore Medical Center of Easton

FNE-P and FNE-A

219 S. Washington Street

Easton, MD 21601

(410) 822-1000 ext. 5557

Carroll Hospital Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

200 Memorial Ave.

Westminster, MD 21157

(410) 871-6655

Union Hospital

FNE-A

106 Bow Street

Elkton, MD 21921

(410) 406-1370

UM Charles Regional Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

701 East Charles Street

LaPlata, MD 20646

(301) 609-3000

UM Shore Medical Center of Dorchester

FNE-P and FNE-A

300 Bryn Street

Cambridge, MD 21613

(410) 822-1000 ext. 8361

Frederick Memorial Hospital

FNE-P and FNE-A

400 West 7th Street

Frederick, MD 21701

(240) 566-3300

Harford Memorial

FNE-P and FNE-A

501 South Union Avenue

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

(443) 843-5187

Howard County General Hospital

FNE-P and FNE-A

5755 Cedar Lane

Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 740-7777

UM Shore Medical Center Chestertown

FNE-P and FNE-A

100 Brown Street

Chestertown, MD 21620

(410) 778-3300

Shady Grove Adventist Healthcare Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

9901 Medical Center Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

(240) 826-6000

UM Prince George’s Hospital Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

3001 Hospital Drive

Cheverly, MD 20785

(301) 618-3154

UM Medical Center Chestertown

FNE-P and FNE-A

100 Brown Street

Chestertown, MD 21620

(410) 778-3300

St. Mary’s Hospital

FNE-P and FNE-A

25500 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, MD 20650

(301) 475-8981

UM Shore Medical Center of Easton

FNE-P and FNE-A

219 S. Washington Street

Easton, MD 21601

(410) 822-1000 ext. 5557

Meritus Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

11116 Medical Campus Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742

(301) 790-8300

Peninsula Regional Medical Center

FNE-P and FNE-A

100 East Carroll Street

Salisbury, MD 21801

(410) 543-7100

Atlantic General Hospital

FNE-P and FNE-A

9733 Healthway Drive

Berlin, MD 21811

(410) 641-1100