Medical Resources

Medical Treatment

After an experience of unwanted sexual contact, you may consider seeking medical treatment, such as:

  • STI treatment and testing and/or discussing the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with a health professional
    • Preventive treatment for certain STIs can be most effective within 1-3 days of the sexual contact
    • Find more information about post-exposure prophylaxis (preventative treatment for HIV) such as where to find it and how to pay for it 
  • Forensic exam to collect potential physical evidence and determine additional necessary treatment (also called a sexual assault forensic exam, or ‘rape kit’) Learn more about the Forensic Exam.
    • A forensic exam may be conducted up to 5 days after the incident
    • To preserve evidence one should not shower, bathe, brush teeth, or change clothes before visiting a hospital for a forensic exam
  • Discussing the risks of pregnancy resulting from a sexual assault and/or contraception methods and alternatives with a health professional

Having someone with you

You can have a support person (or people) of your choice, such as a friend, family member, or advocate, accompany you throughout the medical care process. You can also speak with the Dean’s office or Campus Safety and request the on-call dean to accompany you. 

You can request an advocate from the Pomona Student Advocates or Project Sister to assist you in the medical and/or police reporting process by calling the 24-hr crisis hotline at (800) 656-4673 or (909) 626-HELP / (909) 626-4357. Learn more at Support in the Claremont Area.

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Medical Centers

Student Health Services (7C resource)
Offers pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, emergency contraception, and general gynecological services. Medical personnel are required by California law to notify the police if students disclose an experience of sexual violence, but the school will not be informed (unless you are under 18. Learn more about the limits of confidentiality at What happens after I report?)

  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8AM-5PM, Wednesday 8AM-7PM and Thursday 9AM-5PM (closed during thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks) 
  • Address: Tranquada Student Services Center, 1st floor, 757 College Way
  • Phone: (909) 621-8222 (for an appointment) or (909) 607-2000 (after-hours emergency)

Student Health Services Wellness Room
Pomona's Wellness Room offers a wellness vending machine that dispenses birth control and emergency contraception (must use your student ID card for purchase).

  • Hours: 24/7 (during the school year)
  • Address: Walker Hall, Room 204, 700 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

Health Education Outreach (7C resource)
Offers pregnancy and HIV testing, relaxation room with massage chairs, and consultations with the health educator.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
If the incident occurred less than 96 hours ago, you can call and request to see a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.  The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will perform evidence collection with your consent. The police will be called, and you may be required to file an incident report in order to be able to have the forensic exam. You may bring a support person, and/or someone from your college’s staff to accompany you to the hospital; to do so, contact Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000 and ask them to contact the Dean on call. 

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Address: 1798 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA 91767
  • Phone: (909) 865-9500 

Planned Parenthood
Offers STI and pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, abortion, and services for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).

Pomona Center 

  • Address: 1550 N Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA
  • Phone: (800) 576-5544

 Upland Center

  • Address: 918 W Foothill Boulevard, Upland, CA
  • Phone: (909) 890-5511
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Forensic Exam

What is it?

The Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, also called a ‘rape kit’, is an exam that checks for and documents physical evidence of sexual battery, sexual assault, or rape, and may be conducted up to 5 days after the incident. To best preserve evidence, one should not bathe, shower, brush teeth, or go to the bathroom until after the forensic exam. Evidence from a forensic exam can be used in prosecuting sexual assault cases through the criminal justice system.

Where can I get a rape kit?

The Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center administers forensic exams. You may request a ride and/or escort from Pomona to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center from Campus Safety (up to 96 hours after the incident. You may also request a survivor advocate to accompany you to the hospital and stay with you during the process, by calling the Rape Crisis Hotline of Project Sister at (909) 626-4357. Or you may ask a Pomona staff member to assist you in calling to request an advocate. 

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center- Emergency Room

  • Address: 1798 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA 91767
  • Phone: (909) 865-9500

How it works:

A sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE nurse) or doctor will begin the exam by asking about your medical history and health, and may ask about characteristics or details of the assault. A physical exam will be performed and samples from various parts of the body may be collected to test for DNA. A toxicology test may also be done to test for drugs in the system, and clothing may be kept as evidence.  For the purposes of collecting evidence, it is best to not shower, bathe, wash teeth, or use the bathroom after an assault until the forensic exam is completed. It is also helpful to wear the same clothes and bring a change of clothes, or bring the clothes you were wearing with you in a plastic bag to the exam. 

Will the police be notified?

When a patient comes in for a forensic exam, the nurse is required to call the police, and a uniformed officer will be sent to the hospital. You may be required to make a preliminary report with the police in order to have access to the forensic exam. Contact Project Sister for more information.

How rape kits are used:

After the exam, the doctor or nurse will document the findings in a medical record, which can later be subpoenaed to assist in the legal process.

Having someone with you:

You can have a support person (or people) of your choice, such as an advocate, friend, or family member accompany you throughout the medical care process. You can also speak with the Dean’s Office or Campus Safety and request that the on-call dean accompany you.

You can request an advocate from Project Sister to assist you in the medical and/or police reporting process by calling the 24-hr crisis hotline at 800-656-4673 or 909-626-HELP (909) 626-4357.

A forensic exam may also be referred to as ‘rape kit’, sexual assault evidence collection kit, sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) kit, sexual offense evidence collection kit (SOEC) kit, or physical evidence recovery kit (PERK).  

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