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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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