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    After a sexual assault, it is important to get checked for possible injuries and pregnancy and get treated for sexually-transmitted infections. Victims can seek medical help at any time. However, the days immediately after the assault are the only time DNA evidence of the assault can be collected. It is also the only time any substances (sometimes called date-rape drugs) can be detected. All victims of sexual assault have a right, under Michigan law, to have a medical forensic examination and evidence kit collected up to 5 days after the assault. This is done in order to preserve any DNA evidence in case the victim decides to report the assault immediately or at a later date.

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