Q: If I go to the hospital after a sexual assault, how will I afford the hospital bill?
A: Sexual assault kits are free, regardless of whether or not a survivor presses charges against their offenders.
Q: Why do I even need a sexual assault kit?
A: The sexual assault kits and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) collect evidence that can be used to prosecute a perpetrator of sexual assault. Even if you choose not to prosecute now, the kit will be held by the state in case or should you choose to prosecute later in life.
Q: Does the assault have to be reported to law enforcement?
A: NO. The state of North Carolina passed a law in which adult survivors can choose to complete an anonymous sexual assault kit at the hospital. In this instance, law enforcement is not informed.
Q: What about pregnancy and STI’s?
A: The sexual assault kit includes offering the following medications:
- The Morning After Pill (Plan B) – This can be taken effectively up to 72 hours after the assault. This pill helps prevent fertilization. It does not cause an abortion if you are already pregnant.
- STI & HIV Prophylaxis – These drugs are given to help prevent the contraction of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. These pills may cause nausea and/or vomiting.
Q: What is Victim’s Compensation?
A: Victim’s Compensation is a state-funded program that reimburses survivors of crime for any medical expenses or lost wages that were the result of a crime. This fund will help pay for any medical expenses incurred due to a sexual assault if you qualify. A Turning Point employee can assist you with this.
Q: How much do Turning Point services cost?
A: All Turning Point services are FREE OF CHARGE.