If you have, the SAFE Clinic is a caring and supportive place in the Nashville area that can help. The clinic provides free forensic medical exams, also known as a rape kit, for anyone age 16 or over and can connect you with other needed services. The forensic exam is done by specially-trained nurse practitioners and involves the collection of evidence as well as testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy.
The exam is provided at no cost to you. And you don’t have to contact law enforcement before visiting the clinic. You get to choose whether or not to pursue prosecution of your offender and it’s a decision you don’t have to make right now. Sexual assault forensic exams (SAFE) must be done within 96 hours of the assault to be effective. If you decide to make a report with law enforcement in the future, the exam could provide important evidence that can’t be collected later.
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