What do the police do at the hospital? Do I have to talk to them?
The police officer's role is to investigate the crime against you and take evidence (collected by hospital staff) to the crime lab to properly to aid prosecution of the perpetrator. Though the hospital is legally required to call the police, you do not have to speak with them.
If you wish to speak with the police, your advocate can talk with you about what it's like to report to the police, what they will ask, and what will happen next. The first time you meet with the police, they will ask basic questions about the attack so they can start an investigation.A detective will talk with you at some point, and ask more detailed questions. Some questions may be uncomfortable or seem too personal, but it is important for the police to know all the details of the assault. You can choose to start or stop the investigation at any time. It might not feel like it sometimes but you have complete control over the investigation.
If you are under 18 years old, and the person who hurt you was a parent, teacher, or someone taking care of you, other adults (such as advocates and nurses) who know the details of what happened are required to report it to the authorities. If you don't give your name or the perpetrator's name, it will not be reported. If you are a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a date, friend, or someone NOT in a caretaker position, or if you are an adult, nobody can make you report to the police or start an investigation. You make that decision for yourself.