Information for Sexual Assault Survivors

House Bill (HB) 677, passed during the 79th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, became effective on September 1, 2005. This law establishes specific requirements relating to emergency services for sexual assault survivors and added Chapter 323 to the Health and Safety Code, which pertains to hospital licensing. One of the requirements of HB 677 mandates that the Department of State Health Services develop standardized information that your health care facility must provide to sexual assault survivors.

House Bill 2626, passed during the 81st Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, became effective on September 1, 2009. The requirements for information provided to sexual assault survivors are amended to provide for protection harm when cooperating with law enforcement during prosecution efforts. Survivors may consent to a forensic exam to collect evidence within 96 hours of the assault, even if they do not report the assault to law enforcement. The Department of Public Safety will pay the costs of the forensic exam. The evidence collected will be kept for two years or the date the survivor releases the information by written consent.

 House Bill 3152, passed during the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, became effective September 1, 2017. This new law relates to duties to provide care to a sexual assault survivor in an emergency department. HB 3152 amends the Texas Health and Safety Code Section 323 (HSC 323) in part by: 

  • defining a sexual assault forensic exam-ready (SAFE-ready) facility and;
  • repealing the definition of “community-wide plan” and replacing it with requirements for facilities that are not SAFE-ready facilities under HSC Section 323.004.

You may not make any changes to the information sheets. You may print and make copies of these forms.

Information Sheet for Sexual Assault Patients - English (PDF, 287KB)
Information Sheet for Sexual Assault Patients - Spanish (PDF, 289KB)
Safe Ready Facilities (Excel, 27KB)
Downloadable spreadsheet of hospitals designated as providing treatment for survivors of sexual assault

Facilities that are not SAFE-ready must provide patients with this form:
Information for sexual assault survivors at a health care facility that is not a SAFE-ready facility-English (PDF, 287KB)
Information for sexual assault survivors at a health care facility that is not a SAFE-ready facility-Spanish (PDF, 290KB)
Form developed under TX HSC 323.0051 Information form for sexual assault survivors at certain facilities.  




Last updated July 19, 2019