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The nearest emergency room is able to provide you with medical treatment and evidence collection 24 hours a day.
When you go to the emergency room and identify the reason for your visit, you have rights under Illinois law. Because it is often confusing to remember and assert your rights during or after a trauma, we recommend going to certain hospitals where an advocate will be sent to help you during your visit. Advocates are trained to answer any questions you may have and to offer support.
If you wish to go to a different hospital or one that is not in Chicago (but still in Illinois), it is important to know your rights. The following is a list of many of the rights afforded to sexual assault survivors. For a more comprehensive list, please visit this website.
As a survivor of sexual assault, you have the right to:
- Be moved into a private space within minutes of your arrival.
- Be offered a physical examination and treatment for any injuries.
- Be offered an Illinois State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (ISPECK) if the sexual assault has occurred within 7 days.
- Receive medically accurate oral and written information concerning pregnancy resulting from sexual assault.
- Receive medications for treatment at the hospital and after discharge. This includes, but is not limited to: HIV and STI prophylaxis (preventive treatment) as deemed appropriate by the attending physician. The patient shall receive oral and written information about all medications dispensed, possible contraindications of such medication or disease resulting from sexual assault.
- Be offered free follow-up care for 90 days following your initial ER visit.
All costs for medical services for survivors of sexual assault that are related to the assault are free and covered under Illinois law.
Hospitals in Illinois are required to notify the local police department that treatment has been given to a sexual assault survivor. However, you are not required to speak with the police or file a report.