Evidence collection

  • Try not to bathe, shower, brush your teeth or go to the bathroom. This is important for preserving evidence; however, if you already have bathed it is still possible to collect evidence.
  • If possible, do not change your clothes. If you already have, put your clothes in a clean paper bag such as a grocery store bag and bring them with you to the emergency room.
  • When you get to the ER, you can ask to have an Evidence Collection Kit done. Some hospitals have specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) who are experts at doing this kit. If you can, try to go to a hospital that is part of this program. Click here for a list of these hospitals in the Boston area.
  • You do not need to report to the police in order to have evidence collected. The Evidence Kit will be held anonymously in the crime lab for up to 6 months or until you file a police report. When you file a police report it may be analyzed. If you need more than 6 months to make a decision about filing with the police you can request an extension. BARCC's legal advocates can help you do this. Both the prosecution and the defense will have access to any results from the evidence that is collected.
  • If you are concerned about having been drugged, you can ask that a Toxicology Kit be completed at a hospital emergency room. The tests in this kit may be able to detect rape drugs if it is done within 96 hours of the assault. You can get the results of the Toxicology Kit without reporting the assault to the police, usually six weeks after the kit is done.

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