No, you do not! If you do not want to report a sexual assault to law enforcement at the hospital during a forensic examination, you can request a Jane/John Doe kit. Jane/John Doe kits allow for anonymous collection and storage of forensic evidence. These kits will remain at the hospital in case a victim/survivor later decides that they want to pursue their case. Victim/survivors do NOT have to report to law enforcement to receive services from a sexual assault nurse examiner and the Rape Crisis Center.
Jane/John Doe kits are not tested by DFS unless a police report is made. Completed kits are kept at the hospital in case a victim/survivor later decides to file a police report. However, hospitals are not always able to keep Jane/John doe kits forever, so be sure to check in with the Rape Crisis Center if it has been a while and you are thinking about reporting.
If a victim/survivor decides they would like to legally pursue their case, they can contact local law enforcement or the Rape Crisis Center for further information and assistance.