Sexual Assault or Rape

No one deserves to be a victim of domestic or sexual violence. You are not alone and this is not your fault. We are here to help you.

If you have recently been sexually assaulted you can take the following steps:

  • Get to a safe place, call 911 if in immediate danger
  • Avoid showering, changing your clothes, brushing your teeth, eating, drinking, or urinating until you have decided whether or not to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE, formerly known as SANE) at Cayuga Medical Center
  • Call our 24 Hour Hotline to discuss theĀ option for a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at Cayuga Medical Center
    • This exam is very time sensitive and needs to be completed as close to the assault as possible
    • Seeking a SAFE Exam does NOT require you to report to the police however medical evidence can be collected and stored while you decide
    • Teens can have a SAFE Exam completed without parental permission. Teens can call and talk with an advocate to discuss other confidentiality concerns!
    • Survivors can waive their health insurance and have the NYS Office of Victim Services pay for the SAFE Exam
  • Discuss your legal and safety options- including housing- with an advocate

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Program

The SAFE Program is a collaboration between Cayuga Medical Center and the Advocacy Center with the goal of providing compassionate and trauma informed care to people that have experienced rape or sexual assault. We work together as a team to provide high quality care to survivors to make sure they are well both physically and emotionally as well as inform survivors of their rights and options following an assault. Medical care is provided by staff who have had specialized training in the needs of sexual assault survivors and how to properly collect medical evidence should a survivor choose to. During the SAFE an advocate will be present to inform you of your rights, keep you as comfortable as possible, answer any questions you may have, discuss your reporting options, and assist with a plan for your physical and emotional safety when you are ready to be discharged. Advocates will also help you file for NYS Office of Victim Services Compensation to cover the cost of the SAFE Exam at the hospital and as always there are no costs for ongoing Advocacy Center support.

Deciding to go to the hospital following a sexual assault or rape can feel overwhelming but you don’t have to do it alone. Call our 24 hour hotline at 607-277-5000 to talk with an advocate or volunteer about your options and with any questions. Medical care if important to make sure your body is ok but you have choices and get to decide what is best for you.