If you have been sexually assaulted, here are some options for what you can do next:

Also sometimes called a “rape kit,” this exam may be performed at a hospital or other healthcare facility by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.), Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) or another medical professional. See below for a list of S.A.N.E. facilities. The exam will take about 3-4 hours and will involve collecting medical history, conducting a detailed medical examination and speaking to you about treatment options for things such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), prophylaxis and about follow-ups, counseling, community resources and other resources. Remember that you have the right to accept or decline any or all parts of the exam.

    • How do I prepare for the exam?
      • If you can, it’s best to avoid using the restroom, changing clothes, combing your hair, cleaning up the place where it happened or even showering or bathing before arrival. Preserving DNA evidence can be key to identifying the perpetrator in a sexual assault case. If you have anything by way of evidence you want to show the police or your health care provider, place it in a paper, not plastic, bag. If you are able, bring a change of clothes with you to the health facility or hospital.
    • If I go to the hospital do I have to report to the police?
      • No, unless you are under the age of 18. If you are over the age of 18, in the state of Colorado, you have the option to receive the exam without making a police report. By law the police will be called to the hospital, but you can simply tell the nurse that you don’t want to speak to them and they will leave. In Colorado you can also have your evidence collected anonymously, so your name won’t even be on the kit. Out of any of these options, you can always change your mind later and decide to report to the police. It may be helpful to have time to decide if you want to, but this way the evidence will be collected in case.
    • How long after the assault can I get the exam?
      • Evidence collection as well as pregnancy and STI prevention are most effective soonest. Getting your exam within 48 hours of the assault is the ideal time frame. However, evidence can be collected over a week later in some cases. What is most important is you getting the medical care that you need, so even if it has been longer than a week you can still get an exam.
    • How much will the exam cost?
      • Nothing! Under the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, victims of sexual assault have access to an exam free of charge or with a full reimbursement, even if the victim decides not to report to the police. (If you do report to the police, they will cover the cost of your exam).
    • What else should I know about the exam?
      • Included in your exam will be medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you know that the person assaulted you has an STI, be sure to tell your medical provider. If you aren’t sure, you will be offered treatment against a variety of infections. If you are capable of becoming pregnant, most but not all hospitals with SANE programs can offer you Plan B included in the exam. If you are interested in Plan B during your exam, visit a hospital that offers it (see the list below) to save yourself a trip to a separate pharmacy.
    • Whether or not the person who assault you is part of the CU Denver | Anschutz community, we are here to help you.
      • If the person who assaulted you is a CU student, faculty, or staff member, our office can launch an investigation to formally resolve your incident. This means that if after an investigation it is determined that the individual has engaged in behavior which violates our Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Abuse and Stalking Policy, we can issue disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from school (for students) or termination of employment (for staff, faculty). Our office will work with you to determine any interim measures, and to address any safety concerns, with the hope that you will be able to continue your academic pursuits, or employment (if you choose to) with as little interruption as possible. We can offer a number of interim remedies and we will work with you to determine which ones you wish to utilize. Some examples of interim remedies we may offer are:
        • no contact orders;
        • alternative arrangements for classes, extensions on assignments (with faculty approval);
        • access to classes online;
        • offering incomplete (with faculty approval) or withdrawal (with faculty approval);
        • and/or safety escorts around campus.
      • We will consider any requests and make the determination as to whether or not the request is reasonable, and whether or not the university is able to accommodate the request considering the individual circumstances. In cases where serious or imminent threat to you or the campus community exists, we may consider taking actions such as building, location or campus exclusions.
      • If the person who assaulted you is not a CU student, faculty, or staff member (or you aren’t sure), we can still help you. If you need support around missed classes, late assignments, time off from work, or other campus related needs to help you feel safe moving forward, we want to help. You do not need to initiate an investigation to access our support resources or interim measures. However, if the information you share with us leads us to believe that others may be in immediate danger, we may be obligated by law to move forward with an investigation whether or not you want to, with or without your participation. In these rare cases, we will work with you and notify you when we are obligated to move forward, and will continue to inform you of the steps moving forward. We can also work with you to address any potential safety concerns or interim measures.
        • Can I report to both the University and the police? Absolutely! Please let us know that you’d like to also report to the police, and we can reach out to the appropriate law enforcement unit on your behalf. We may be able to set up a shared meeting to coordinate your reporting to both the University and law enforcement. We know it can be hard to talk about what happened, so we often work together with the police in an attempt to make things easier on you.
    • You can file a report with us via phone, email, or online form:
    • At any time, you can call 911 and tell the operator that you need to report a sexual assault.
    • If you are not in immediate danger, you can also call the non-emergency line for the police in the jurisdiction where the assault occurred. For instance, if you live in Aurora but you were assaulted in Denver, you should call the Denver police. On the non-emergency line you can set up a time to talk to a detective to give your statement. The statute of limitations in Colorado for reporting sexual assault is 20 years after the assault occurred, unless the person who was assaulted was under 18 at the time. In those cases, there is no statute of limitations.
      • Can I report to both the University and the police? Absolutely! We work hard to collaborate with our local police whenever possible and with your permission. If you report to both, please let the police know that you are a student and want to report to us as well.
    • There are many confidential options available for you for support:
      • On the Auraria campus, The Phoenix Center at Auraria has a 24/7 helpline with a trained advocate ready to talk with you anytime. Call 303-556-CALL (2255). You can also make an appointment in office with them by calling 303-556-6011, emailing info@thepca.org or visiting Tivoli 259.
      • On the Anschutz campus, the Advocacy and Support Center is open Tues. 8am-1pm; Weds. 9am-3pm; and Thurs. 9am-11am. They can be reached during those times at 303-724-9120 or in Building 500, C8000C.
      • The Blue Bench is the Metro Denver resource for people who have been sexually assaulted. You can reach them 24/7 at 303-322-7273. 

Denver area SANE Locations:

*denotes this location does NOT offer Plan B on site.

Denver Health Medical Center
777 Bannock Street (Off of Speer Blvd.)
Denver, Colorado 80204
Main: 303.436.6000
Emergency Department: 303.436.8100
Social Work Office: 303.436.6110
Social Work Pager: 303-208-3925

Children’s Hospital
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Porter Hospital
2525 S. Downing
Denver, Colorado 80210
Main: 303.778.1955

Medical Center of Aurora-South Campus
1501 South Potomac Street
Aurora, Colorado 80012
(Mississippi and Potomac)
Main: 303.695.2600
Emergency Department: 303.695.2628

Saint Anthony North Hospital*
2551 West 84th Avenue (84th and Alcott)
Westminster, Colorado 80031
Main: 303.426.2151
Emergency Department: 303.426.2020 

Littleton Adventist Hospital*
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, Colorado 80122
Main: 303.730.8900
Saint Anthony Central Hospital*
22600 West 2nd Place
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
Main: 720.321.0000