Student Health Services


Sexual Assault: Medical Care and Evidence Collection

After a sexual assault, it is important that you seek medical care as soon as possible. Time is a factor for your health care.    The first 72 hours after an assault are critical for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI's) as well as evidence collection.

Forensic evidence is best collected within 72 hours of the assault.  Comprehensive medical care, including evidence collection, is available to you at local hospitals, even if you do not wish to press charges.

Chester County Hospital Emergency Department

Brandywine Hospital Emergency Department

Paoli Hospital Emergency Department

Phoenixville Hospital Emergency Department

An Advocate from the Chester County Crime Victims' Center can accompany you to the hospital to provide support and answer questions. Call 610-692-7273 to request an advocate.

West Chester University Student Health Services provides the following care for you after a sexual assault:

  • Non-forensic medical exam
  • Discussion of options for screening or treatment for sexually transmitted infection
  • Discussion of options for pregnancy prevention
  • Information about follow-up care
  • Referral for counseling on or off-campus

Information about resources and the WCU Sexual Assault Policy and reporting