You can: Decide on your own not to be examined.
In Pennsylvania, you have the right to refuse a rape kit or any particular
part of it.
Because a rape kit involves an examination, a doctor cannot perform one without your permission. Nobody—not a parent, guardian, or boyfriend—can make a doctor give you one without your permission.
You can read more about what is involved with the examination on RAINN's website.
In Pennsylvania, if you were sexually assaulted or forced to take part in a sexual act - including one in which drugs or alcohol may have been involved - you can get medical care on your own.
You can: Get the care you need on your own.
In Pennsylvania, you can get all of the following types of care without
a parent or guardian’s permission:
emergency contraception to avoid pregnancy (the morning-after pill/Plan B)
a medical exam and treatment;
testing and/or treatment for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases);
an exam used to collect physical evidence (a “forensic examination,” sometimes called a “rape kit”);
follow-up medical care, including pregnancy testing; and
if needed; referrals to free counseling services.
You can: Get emergency contraception on your own.
Emergency contraception - sometimes called the morning-after pill or by the brand name Plan B - is a kind of birth control that can prevent pregnancy if you take it soon after you have unprotected sex. It is not the "abortion pill," and taking it does not cause abortion.
You do not need a parent or guardian's permission to get emergency contraception.
See the birth control section for more information.
You can: Ask the health care provider who treats you following a sexual assault what information they can keep private and what information they will have to share with others.
Health care providers are required by law to report sexual assaults. You can ask them what information they have to report and who they have to report to. You can also decide what questions you feel comfortable answering during your visit.