ON-CAMPUS: UA MEDICAL SERVICES
Campus Health Services
At Campus Health Service (CHS), same day care is available for UA students who have been sexually assaulted. These services are available during regular Campus Health hours. Providers at Campus Health Service can treat injuries, prescribe medications, provide pregnancy tests/STI testing, and provide counseling. They cannot, however, conduct the medical/legal evaluation. If you are considering filing charges, medical forensic exams are available through Tucson Medical Center's Emergency Room, in conjunction with the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA). These exams can be performed up to 120 hours after an assault. If Campus Health Service is closed and you need immediate medical attention, you can visit any of the 24-hour care centers in the community listed below.
It is also important for you to know that any exam by a CHS provider in the 72-120 hour window after an assault would interfere with any forensic evidence collection, and therefore could interfere with any legal proceedings you may decide to undertake. However, medical forensic exams can be performed even after you've showered or had an exam at CHS.
If you have experienced serious physical trauma and/or lacerations, it is best to be treated at an ER rather than at Campus Health, as CHS is not suited to handle such severe injuries.
LOCAL COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICES
Tucson Medical Center
5301 E. Grant (west of Craycroft)
TMC is equipped with a quiet room, so the survivor does not have to wait in the lobby.
This is the only hospital specifically equipped to provide evidentiary exams.
Northwest Medical Center
6200 N. La Cholla
Banner University Medical Center
1501 N. Campbell
(north of Speedway)
- Financial reimbursement for hospital expenses is an option at Pima County Victim Services, but funding sources are limited.
You have a number of medical options within the Tucson community, including:
- Going to a medical clinic or emergency room
- Calling your primary care physician or family doctor
- Calling Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) crisis line for referral information at (520) 327-7273
In Pima County the evidentiary exam (also known as a “rape kit”) and advocacy support are available any time of day or night. If you were assaulted less than 120 hours ago, you may want to consider going to the hospital to have evidence collected. This examination preserves evidence in case you decide to press charges. This exam is paid for by the county and can be requested by you regardless of your decision to report to police.
Suggestions regarding evidence collection:
- Any hospital can provide quality medical care, however there is only one hospital specifically equipped to provide evidentiary exams. If you are considering an evidentiary exam, this service is available at Tucson Medical Center, located at 5301 E. Grant Rd.
- When you arrive at the hospital tell the ER personnel that you were sexually assaulted. If you aren’t offered a SACASA advocate, it’s within your rights to request one.
- Wait until after the exam to shower or cleanse yourself, eat, drink or smoke. This allows for maximum retention of evidence. If you have showered you can still request an evidentiary exam.
- If you have had any period of amnesia associated with the assault, or if you are uncertain as to if an assault occurred, try not to urinate until you get to the hospital (if possible) and tell the hospital you’d like to give a urine sample to screen for possible drugs.
- If you are still wearing the clothes you had on during the assault, it is recommended that you wear them to the exam and bring a change of clothing to wear home.
- If you already changed clothes, bring the clothes you had on during the assault with you to the hospital in a paper bag. The clothing you wore during the assault may be kept as evidence. Even if the assault occurred some time ago, your clothing may still contain evidence.
EMERGENCY SHELTER PROVIDED BY THE FOLLOWING AGENCIES:
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
- Tucson has numerous confidential shelter locations in town. These shelters offer a safe haven for women and children suffering from physical, psychological/emotional, and financial abuse. In addition to clean shelter facilities, residents receive food, clothing, and other necessities free of charge. Individual and group crisis intervention is available to all shelter residents. The shelters are open 24 hours a day, year-round including holidays.
- The Anti-Violence Project provides free and confidential support services to LGBTQ victims and survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, and harassment. You can call the crisis line to talk to an advocate 24 hours a day, and walk-in hours are available as well. Temporary emergency shelter for 1-3 nights may be available for LGBTQ victims of domestic, sexual, or hate violence, who have no other resources available to them.