Forensic Interviews

A forensic exam, often identified as a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE), is conducted by a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) on a case-by-case basis. Roxanne’s House offers on-site chronic medical exams for child victims of abuse. Medical exams can be provided for both concerns of sexual abuse and physical abuse.

Medical services regarding concerns of suspected abuse having occurred within a 120-hour timeframe from the date of disclosure would be considered acute.  If you suspect a child has been abused under the above circumstances, please contact 911 or HCWC’s 24hr HELPline at 512-396-4357.

Frequently Asked Questions

Assure your child that the exam is to make sure their body is healthy. Remind them that the exam will not hurt and that the trained forensic nurse examiner will be explaining the exam every step of the way. If at any point the child does not feel comfortable with the exam, the nurses will follow the child’s wishes and stop the exam.

Roxanne’s House occupies a private & designated medical exam room for clients. The room is equipped with proper medical equipment that you would normally see at a regular pediatric office.

The child’s medical exam is different and less invasive than an adult pelvic exam. Normally, a child would not receive any form of injections, nor would they undergo any form of hurtful medical processes as the exam may include a head-to-toe external exam.

The exam is comprised of two parts: the medical history and the medical exam. During the medical history, the child, the nurse, and if requested, a trained CAC advocate can be present in the exam room in effort to preserve the integrity of the investigation. Protective caregivers can only be present during the medical exam portion; at the child’s request.

No, the medical exam is paid for by the Texas Office of the Attorney General.