Do I have to report to police?
NO. If you are over 18, you can choose whether or not to report the assault to police The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner will talk with you about having forensic evidence collected ‘anonymously’ i.e. there is no identifying information on the front of the front of the forensic evidence collection kit. With “anonymous” collection, you do not file a report with law enforcement. By Maine Law, Law Enforcement Agencies’ are required to hold anonymous kits for 90 days. If you didn’t report at the time of exam and choose to report the assault some time after the initial exam is done, contact the Law Enforcement agency in the town where the assault occurred. You can find your tracking number on the small post card that you were given during the medical/forensic exam at the hospital.
The decision to report a sexual assault as an adult is completely up to you. Your decision will be respected and honored by the S.A.F.E. as well as the Sexual Assault Advocate at the hospital with you.