The Non-Reported Sexual Assault Evidence Program was created in House Bill 2626 by the 81st Legislature in 2009. The program allows survivors of a sexual assault to obtain a forensic medical exam and have evidence collected, without cost to the survivor, even if they do not wish to involve law enforcement personnel at the time of its collection. This will secure the evidence while giving the survivor time to consider if they want to report the assault. It requires the Department to transfer and preserve the evidence for either five years or until the survivor releases the evidence, whichever comes first. The rules and responsibilities related to this program can be found under Article 56A.306 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
See Non-Reported Sexual Assault Evidence Program Chapter - Laboratory Customer Handbook (excerpt from Crime Laboratory Division Manual) PDF
- Non-Reported Sexual Assault Evidence Laboratory Submission Form (LAB-205) Word | PDF
- Consent for Release of Non-Reported Sexual Assault Evidence (LAB-207) Word | PDF
Please consult the Texas Attorney General's website for reimbursement information.