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This is actually pretty important
very important information
i’m not even american, but this might help ppl
I’m not sure where this is from, but these kinds of things vary widely from state to state and even from city to city. Be extremely cautious if you’re interested in having an exam without the police being notified. In my experience in CA, doctors are legally required to report to the police if someone comes in who has been raped. In San Diego, the non-investigative report (where someone can get a forensic exam without triggering an investigation) happens when a survivor calls the local hotline and the hotline contacts the forensic exam facility.
Bottom line: If you want to have an exam without it being reported to police, you’re better off calling your local rape crisis center hotline to find out about local protocols. I would hate for someone to see this, go to a hospital, and then end up having to report to police against their will.