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If you or someone you know has been assaulted

You don't have to cope alone. Call someone you trust or reach out to one of the resources listed on this website

Even if you feel fine, seek medical help if you think you may be at risk for injury, pregnancy or infection

Reporting to SCU enables the University to respond appropriately to your case and to the broader issues in our community. When you decide, you can report to SCU, to Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD), to both or to neither; there is no time limit for reporting an incident to SCU

In a sexual violence incident, police and forensic nurse examiners are in the best position to secure evidence of a crime. The preservation and collection of all physical evidence, including clothing, is paramount and should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. Prior to their arrival you can preserve evidence in the following ways to help prepare for a forensic exam:

-Do not wash the face, hands, brush teeth, bathe

-Do not eat or drink

-Do not douche

-If you change clothes, keep them in a paper bag

Rapid Medical Evaluation & Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) provides a Forensic Nurse Examiner (a nurse who is specially trained in collecting physical evidence) usually on call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Call the SCVMC Operator at 408.885.5000 if you want to speak to the Forensic Nurse Examiner. A victim advocate from the YWCA Rape Crisis Center will be contacted to meet you at the hospital.  Law Enforcement or Campus Safety Services can provide transportation.

Individuals who have experienced any form of sexual or relationship violence are encouraged but not required to seek medical attention as soon as possible (i.e., within 72 hours) after the assault.  The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provides medical and forensic response to victims of sexual assault, 12 years and older, who come into their Emergency Department, 24 hours a day. 

In Santa Clara County, SART exams are performed at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose. Trained medical professionals will address an individual’s medical needs related to the assault as well as collect evidence at no cost to a victim of sexual violence.

SART nurses maintain Counselor/Victim Privilege of Confidentiality as legally required under California Evidence Codes. 

Victims have the option to speak with the police or not. The ability to have a medical-legal exam performed is not dependent upon speaking with the police or filing a police report; however, hospitals in the State of California are required to notify the police if a physical injury has been sustained, and will contact law enforcement. 

751 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

Tel : (408) 885-5000

Medical Services and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)  

Alameda County has two hospitals that provide both forensic exams and medical care. Other hospitals in the county provide medical care only, and are not designated as forensic exam facilities.

Victims have the option to speak with the police or not. The ability to have a medical-legal exam performed is not dependent upon speaking with the police or filing a police report; however, hospitals in the State of California are required to notify the police if a physical injury has been sustained, and will contact law enforcement. 

Highland Hospital

1411 East 31st Street, Oakland, CA 94602

Tel: (510) 437-4800 

Washington Hospital

2000 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538

Tel: (510) 797-1111