Does a sexual assault survivor have to have a forensic examination performed right away? What is the timeframe?

Does a sexual assault survivor have to have a forensic examination performed right away? What is the timeframe?

Generally, a forensic exam must be performed within 96 hours of the assault in order to obtain essential evidence. However, the Office of Victim Services will cover the cost of a forensic exam conducted beyond 96 hours for a child victim, or for any victim where good cause is shown for the delay.

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