Forensic Medical Exams

In FY 2023, We Provided 29 On-site Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exams to Clients

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

If you suspect a child has been abused in the last 120 hours, 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 explain 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 houses a private & designated medical exam room for clients. The room is equipped with proper medical equipment that you would normally see at a pediatric office.

The medical portion of the exam can include a head-to-toe examination. The areas of the body that are examined depend on what the child has experienced. There should not be physical pain experienced by the child.

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.