We encourage all survivors to receive medical attention, whether or not you decide to report the assault, since you may have injuries that are not physically visible. You also may want to receive STD/STI testing and/or emergency contraception. If you are 18 or older, there is no requirement for you to report to police or receive a forensic medical exam.
For evidence collection purposes, you typically have up to 120 hours after an assault to receive a forensic medical exam at a local hospital. During that time, If you receive the exam and are unsure whether you want to proceed with reporting to police, the evidence collection kit will be stored for up to one year.
Medical Attention for Sexual Assault
Weekends or After Hours
If you need support services or an evidence collection kit completed after hours or on a weekend, please contact STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) at 855-435-STAR (7872) or your local police department. An advocate from STAR will provide hospital accompaniment and support to you through the exam.
The LSU Student Health Center partners with the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office to offer evidence collection by a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). The SANE program allows survivors of sexual trauma to have a forensic exam or “sexual assault evidence collection kit” collected by a SANE. Each examiner is specially trained in collecting evidence and working with survivors of sexual assault.
To preserve evidence, avoid bathing, douching, or changing your clothes. The first 120 hours, or five days, after an assault are critical to the preservation and collection of forensic evidence.
For those seeking a forensic sexual assault exam
Survivors can go directly to an emergency room, or they can call STAR, which will help arrange accommodations and contact SANE.
(Preferred locations for survivors 16 years and older)
- Woman's Hospital
100 Woman’s Way
- Baton Rouge General - Bluebonnet
8585 Picardy Ave.
- Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
5000 Hennessy Blvd.
Do I have to report the crime to receive services?
You are not required to report the crime in order to receive services. If you choose to report the crime to law enforcement, a report will be taken at the time of the exam.
If you are uncertain about reporting the crime, evidence can be collected and preserved for at least a year should you decide to report the crime and/or prosecute at a later date.
Do I have to report to LSU Police?
You have the option of filing a police report with LSU Police if the assault occurred on campus.
Assaults that occur off campus can be reported to the police department serving the area where the assault occurred. Even though police logs are public records, your name can be withheld to maintain your privacy.
Medical Attention Based on Other Needs (Not Sexual Assault)
The LSU Student Health Center is open and committed to meeting the health and wellness needs of students with telehealth visits in the Medical Clinic, Mental Health Service, and Wellness and Health Promotion.
Service Hours as of February 2021:
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.*
Saturday (Medical Clinic only): 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
*The Medical Clinic is closed on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., except for urgent cases
Medical Clinic, Primary Care, and Gynecology (GYN) — Call 225-578-6716
Mental Health Service — Call 225-578-8774
For more information on appointments, visit the Student Health Center website.
Baton Rouge Hospitals
An ambulance may be summoned for acute medical emergencies by dialing 578-HELP (4357). State the condition of the person and the exact location. If you are in a residence hall, a staff person should be notified at once.
For emergencies, call or go to one of the following hospital emergency rooms, open 24 hours daily:
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
5000 Hennessy Blvd.
Ochsner Medical Center
7000 Medical Center Dr.
Baton Rouge General - Bluebonnet
8585 Picardy Ave.
The above hospitals accept out-of-state checks. They also accept LSU student insurance. (Please check your policy for limitations.) Any expenses incurred as a result of medical care obtained off-campus, including ambulance service, will be your responsibility. Evidence collected by SANE is free.