Sexual Assault

Defined as any sexual contact or behavior by a perpetrator without the victim’s explicit consent. This may include penetration or attempted penetration of the victim’s body, sexual acts like oral sex, or any other unwanted sexual contact or activity.

The SANE Exam

SANE exams are available to individuals 13 years or older who have been assaulted within the past 96 hours in the District of Columbia.

The exam is provided at no cost and without proof of insurance.

No police report or proof of citizenship is required.

A forensic nurse will:

  • Complete a head-to-toe medical exam
  • Document injuries using tools like digital photography
  • Collect DNA evidence (“rape kit”)
  • Administer sexually transmitted infection, HIV, and pregnancy prevention medications
  • Complete toxicology screening

An exam may take between 2-4 hours, depending on the assault and evidence collection.

DCFNE partners with the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) to provide:

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Legal services
  • Therapeutic Programs

To maximize potential for DNA evidence collection, try not to:

  • Shower
  • Douche
  • Use the restroom
  • Brush teeth
  • Change clothes
  • Eat or drink

To obtain a SANE exam, go to :

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emergency Department
110 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010

If coming by Metro, exit the Brookland/CUA stop on the RED line. Exit the station to the right and take the H2 (Van Ness) or H4 (Tenley Town) bus to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Buses leave every 10 minutes.

If you are traveling by car, follow Google Maps’ Directions.

In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

If you have any questions, need assistance, or would like to speak with advocate, call the DC SANE Call Center at 1-800-641-4028 or visit our Frequently Asked Questions

*DCFNE is a member with the District of Columbia Sexual Assault Response Team (DC SART), which is a multidisciplinary collaboration to supporting victims of sexual assault. DCFNE is responsible for employing the forensic nurses who conduct the SANE exams.