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Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct Help - Preserve Evidence

Even if you have not been physically hurt, a timely medical examination is recommended so that physical evidence can be collected and preserved. Physical evidence may be necessary to prosecute the offender and helpful in obtaining an Order of Protection through the criminal or civil legal system. To best preserve evidence, it is suggested that you do not shower, bathe, douche, smoke, or change clothes or bedding before seeking medical attention, and that medical attention be sought as soon as possible. If you do change clothes, you may bring them unwashed to the hospital or medical facility in a paper bag.

Under Illinois law, forensic medical examinations (i.e., evidence collection) sought subsequent to instances of sexual violence that are not covered by insurance are free of charge to the patient.

You should also save relevant text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, and any other digital information about the incident.