While a survivor is finding their way along the path toward healing and justice, they may reach out to professionals for help or support. To facilitate the healing process, it is helpful to first know how to best support a sexual assault survivor.
If you are a professional working with survivors, some of the most common forensic questions you may get asked include:
If you are supporting a survivor and cannot find the answer to their question on the site, call the Forensic Information line, 866-463-3799, for help.
If you'd like to learn more about sexual assault forensics and survivors' options, you can request an Access to Forensic Information training.
This project was supported by Grant #2009-WF-AX-0014 awarded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Office of Grants & Research and subgranted to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Points of view in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Division.