Regardless of whether you want to report to the police or not, it is highly recommended to have a medical check after rape as soon as possible.
A health check is helpful as it allows to
On request we provide you with a list of (female) physicians that are experienced and sensitive in dealing with the impact of sexual assault.
It is you who decides whether to report to the police or not – nobody else. No one, no physician is entitled to force you to do so!
The results of the examination may also help you in case you decide to report the offence to the police at a later stage because a forensic medical examination aims at collecting and securing evidence that helps to convict the perpretator.
‚Just in case‘ forensic medical examination: In case you do not know whether you will report the offence later on, in order to secure evidence some measures will prove effective (e.g. evidence verifying the type of sexual assault that occurred can help identify the person who sexually assaulted you, it can also support your explanations of what took place).
So – if possible, in order to maximize the successful collection of forensic evidence:
A forensic medical examination can identify traces of semen in the vagina up to 3-4 days after the assault. Visible external and invisible internal injuries sometimes can still be determined as traces of physical violence after several days. But, of course, an immediate or early medical check is advisable and most helpful.
Apart from medical examination treatment, the ‚Institute of Forensic Medicine for Victims of Violence‘ (‚Rechtsmedizinische Untersuchungsstelle für Opfer von Gewalttaten‘) at UKE Eppendorf (Eppendorf University Hospital) offers you the following options: