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Sexual Assault Examination Program

The Sexual Assault Victim Assistance (SAVA) Fund pays for basic medical/forensic sexual assault exams performed on both children and adults, so long as law enforcement is notified at the time of the exam. For information see KRS 346 and KRS 216B.400(8). This Fund is administered by the Crime Victims Compensation Board (CVCB). Payment is also available when the exam occurred in another state, so long as the crime occurred in Kentucky. SAVA Fund payments are made directly to health care providers and exam facilities. The payment rate is determined by regulations promulgated by the CVCB (adults) and the Division of Medicaid Services (children). Basic treatment includes an assessment for genital and/or non-genital injuries, and forensic evidence collection, as well as medical screening and prophylactic treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. While Kentucky law prohibits health care providers from billing victims for the basic exam, victims can sometimes be billed for additional medical services provided above and beyond the basic exam. For information see 502 KAR 12.411 Sec. 2(6). Examples include, but are not limited to: x-rays, CAT scans, hospital admissions, other tests, or consultations. To ensure informed consent, professionals must accurately inform victims about possible charges before any consent for treatment is given. This also reinforces that the victim is in control of what level of examination is performed, i.e., primarily for health care purposes or for both medical and forensic purposes. Though some professionals believe that evidence should be collected in all cases, it is critical that the victim be empowered to make this decision. For more information, visit:

This project was supported by Grant Number VAWA ARRA-2009-KASAP-00034 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.