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The decision to report sexual assault is entirely yours.  You do not have to report sexual assault to law enforcement to receive a sexual assault forensic exam at the hospital.  You can make an anonymous report.  A code is assigned to the patient name in case he/she decides to report later.

There is value in having a sexual assault forensic exam performed regardless of whether you know the identity of the perpetrator (s).   

By law you should not be charged for the exam regardless of cooperation with law enforcement.

When a sexual assault victim arrives at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, a sexual assault advocate will be called, and will arrive at the hospital to provide emotional support, advocacy, and access to victim assistance services.  The sexual assault advocate is there to support you and can answer questions you may have, as well as to provide support to family and friends, and to provide information and referrals.  The sexual assault advocate will also offer you follow-up care such as in-person counseling, assistance with law enforcement, and accompaniments throughout the legal process.       

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