Forensic Rape Exam
A forensic rape exam or “FRE” is an examination performed by a trained medical provider to gather evidence about a sexual assault that occurred.
It’s free and could help you if you choose to bring a case against the perpetrator.
You do NOT have to file a police report or claim to receive on FRE. However, the FRE may help with your case in the future, if you choose to bring a claim.
Under New York State Executive Law, §631.13, the State of New York will provide direct reimbursement to the medical professional for the costs of examination, laboratory testing, and pharmaceuticals related to the FRE.
For more information contact the New York State Office of Victim Services:
Phone: 1-800-247-8035 (TTY: 1-888-289-9749)
Mailing Address: New York State Office of Victim Services,
Attn: FRE Processing, AE Smith Building,
80 S. Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210
What is sexual violence or Gender-based Violence?
The United Nations defines violence against women and gender-based violence (GBV) as any act that results in “physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” This includes rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse.
Lives Disrupted by GBV
Trauma = wound. Trauma is a major physical or emotional injury. Survivors of gender-based violence, such as sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, and harassment experience trauma, which can lead to extreme shock, depression, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that can prevent a survivor from moving forward with their lives.
“Gender-based violence is a distinctive form of trauma because the violation involved is extremely invasive and gives rise to feelings of shame, self-blame and guilt. When combined with fear of being injured or killed, it is traumatizing in almost all cases.”
Unfortunately, GBV is widespread. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence worldwide.
Civil Litigation as an Option for Survivors
There are many options to help survivors recover and get there life back after experiencing a gender-based crime. One option is to bring a law suit in a civil court. By bringing a law suit, a survivor can potentially recover damages (money) for the harms that they suffered as a result of their emotional, physiological and physical injuries.