It’s important to see a doctor for a health check-up if you’ve been sexually assaulted. In Victoria the doctor may:
- Look for any injuries you might have and treat them
- Prescribe emergency contraception if there is any risk that you could become pregnant
- Discuss the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Prescribe medication to prevent diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B , and make a follow-up appointment for a test if needed.
You have several options for seeing a doctor. If you phone the Sexual Assault Crisis Line on 1800 806 292 to talk to a Counsellor , you can choose to see a doctor at a Crisis Care Unit.
If you’ve reported the assault to the police
If the police are involved, you can also choose to have a forensic medical examination . This would take place at a Crisis Care Unit. A specialist doctor would give you the health check-up and collect forensic evidence .
If you haven’t reported the assault
If you are under 18, you can see a doctor from the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service, without reporting the assault to the police. Call the Sexual Assault Crisis Line on 1800 806 292.
Seeing your GP or a sexual health service
If you decide not to see a doctor at the Crisis Care Unit it is really important for your health that you make an appointment with your GP or a sexual health service. For example the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre which have services for young people.
Consent from your parents
Your parents may need to give consent for a health check or forensic medical examination — depending on your age and the assessment of the medical staff looking after you.