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In Minnesota, victims of sexual assault who have an evidentiary exam done for the purpose of gathering evidence of sexual assault need not pay for that service. Minnesota Statute § 609.35. The county must pay regardless of whether or not their is a report to law enforcement.

 

Payment

In Minnesota, the county in which the assault occurred is responsible for covering the cost of the exam. The victim does not have to report the assault to law enforcement in order for the county to pay. The statute does not identify which county agency is responsible for administration. It may be the sheriff’s office, county attorney’s office, or county financial office. The agency designate should protect a victim’s identity. The covered costs include, but are not limited to: full cost of the rape kit examination, associated tests relating to the complainant's sexually transmitted disease status, and pregnancy status. Victims can visit the hospital of their choice. They do not need to consult a hospital in the county in which the assault occurred. They do not need to be referred by the prosecutor or law enforcement officer.

 

The completed application form must be signed and dated, and mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300

St. Paul, MN 55101-1515

651-201-7300 or 1-888-622-8799

Fax: 651-296-5787

Email: DPS Justice Programs

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Crime involving an injury or death (Property crimes are not covered)
    • Homicide
    • Assault
    • Child abuse
    • Sexual assault
    • Robbery
    • Kidnapping
    • Domestic abuse
    • Stalking
    • Criminal vehicular operation and drunk driving
  • Crime must have occurred in Minnesota, or in a foreign country without a compensation program
  • Crime must be reported to police within 30 days
  • Claim must be filed within 3 years
  • Victim must cooperate fully with police and prosecutor
  • Victim must not have committed a crime or contributed through misconduct

Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board Application | Spanish

Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board Brochure | Other Languages

 

Coordination with healthcare

Rape crisis centers are available 24 hours a day. Advocacy programs are committed to provide access to services for survivors with limited English skills at no cost to the survivor. This may happen through a language line or interpreter. For assistance and accessing programs in Minnesota - rapehelpmn.org.

 

 

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