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Learn about Medical Forensic Exams in the AACs’ New FAQ Booklet

December 14, 2020 / Medical Forensic Exams

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After a crime occurs, victims may choose to undergo a medical forensic examination, in which a forensic nurse examiner (FNE) documents their injuries and gathers evidence that may be used in the prosecution of the crime. The Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) will offer medical forensic exam services for adult crime victims with disabilities in our mobile RV units and in our centers in the future, and many forensic nurse examiners currently perform these exams around the state. To answer questions victims might have about the AACs, our services and medical forensic exams, we have created a new publication. In this full-color booklet, you can find the answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQs):

  • Why do the AACs use the words “victim,” “survivor” and “patient”?
  • What is the difference between a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) vs. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)?
  • What will doctors do at the AACs?
  • What is a medical forensic exam?
  • What medication(s) may be given as part of the exam?
  • What is an evidence collection kit?
  • Will I need to give my clothes to the nurse?
  • Can I decide if I want an exam?
  • Will I receive accommodations at the AACs?
  • Will the medical exam room be accessible?
  • Will anyone be able to come into the room with me?
  • What happens after the medical forensic exam?

Download the Booklet:

Understanding Medical Forensic Exams