Common Questions

Will any special tools be used?

If needed, the medical provider will use special cotton swabs to wipe the area and collect specimens for cultures. These cultures can then be sent to the lab to test for infection. In some cases, these swabs may be used to collect evidence for the crime lab.

What happens after the exam?

The medical provider will talk with you about the results of the exam. Your child may also be included, depending on his or her age. A follow-up visit will be scheduled if needed.

The medical provider and social worker might share educational materials with you and your child or refer you for additional treatment or support. If a report must be made to Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) or law enforcement personnel, the social worker will discuss this with you.

How do I prepare for the forensic medical evaluation?

There is nothing you or your child need to do to prepare for the exam. However, if sexual abuse occurred within the past 72 hours, it is recommended that you do not bathe your child or brush his or her teeth until after the medical exam.

What do I tell my child?

You may share information from our brochure with your child so he or she will know what to expect during the appointment. Children are likely to be more relaxed and cooperative when they know what to expect.