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DIY Sexual Assault Kits


Addressing DIY Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits

Protecting Our Patients



Guidance from IAFN

As forensic nurses, our primary concern is the patient’s health. These at-home kits provide no healthcare benefit. 


March 2020 Video Statement


August 2019 Statement:
Responding to Victim-Administered Evidence Collection Kits



A Statement from Hope Exists After Rape Trauma (H-E-A-R-T)

"A person in trauma should not be responsible for collecting their own evidence. This is not a DIY activity. Doing so can mean the difference between justice served and justice lost. It may lead the victim to a false sense of security, believing she has all the evidence she needs. To promote this concept is to deny truth to victims, that truth being that it takes experts to collect and preserve viable evidence for court. Victims deserve to have the proper equipment, expertise and immediate emotional care to conduct this exam correctly to prove their case. This exam, even at it's very best, is invasive. But at least when completed by a professional, we have reliable results. A DIY kit does not accomplish this goal." - Debbie Smith 



Letter from U.S. Congress: August 2019


National District Attorneys Association: Statement



 From Our Partners:


Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association: Statement


National Alliance to End Sexual Violence: Statement


New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Statement


Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Statement


Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape: Statement


California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors Statement



From State Attorney Generals:


Connecticut: PRESERVEkit LetterMe Too Kit Letter


Delaware: AG Statement


Florida: AG Statement


Hawaii: AG Statement


Maine: District Attorney Statement


Michigan: AG Petition


New Hampshire: Pending legislation preventing the sale of at-home kits


New Mexico: AG Statement

New York: AG Statement


North Carolina: AG Statement


Oklahoma: AG Statement


Utah: District Attorney Statement


Virginia: AG Statement




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