rape kits


DIY Rape Kits Are a Terrible Idea, Says Basically Everyone

Legal experts and advocates say evidence from an at-home rape kit wouldn't be admissible in court.
Marie Solis
sexual assault

Sexual assault survivors are forced to travel hours for rape kits, and Congress wants answers

Fewer than 14 percent of emergency rooms in the U.S. have professionals trained to gather evidence.
Alexandra Jaffe
sexual assault

Brooklyn Hospital Illegally Charged Women for Their Rape Exams

Investigators determined that out of the 86 rape exams the hospital had conducted between January 2015 and February 2017, 85 were improperly billed for. Some of those cases even went to collections.
Kimberly Lawson
sexual assault

Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012

New York has no statute of limitations for reporting rape—but public hospitals are only required to keep rape kits for 30 days. Because of this loophole, advocates say, victims still have an unfairly small window for seeking justice.
Vanessa Nason
sexual assault

Rapists Can Be Forced to Pay for Victims' Medical Exams, Colorado Court Rules

Though the state already sets aside funds for rape kit exams, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that convicted assailants can be charged for costs associated with the tests.
Kimberly Lawson
sexual assault

Rape Victims Who Go to the Emergency Room Forced to Pay About $1,000 in Bills

A new study that examines the medical bills incurred by privately insured women who received emergency room care for rape offers a snapshot of just how expensive sexual assault can be.
Kimberly Lawson
sexual assault

Congress Just Unanimously Passed the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights

The bill, which now awaits President Obama's signature, eliminates costs associated with rape kit exams and ensures that rape kits must be preserved for 20 years or the statute of limitations.
Kimberly Lawson

Canada has a rape kit problem

A VICE News investigation reveals that there are no consistent rules, and no standard of training across the country, when it comes to stocking, storing, and administering rape kits. That, advocates say, is a problem.
Hilary Beaumont

Joe Biden Pens Powerful Letter to Stanford Rape Survivor

The vice president, who has long been an outspoken advocate against sexual violence, addressed a "broken" culture that allows rape and rapists to continue while silencing survivors.
Liz Fields

Why One Ohio Court Case Could Be Detrimental for Rape Victims Everywhere

Despite Ohio's extensive initiative to test thousands of previously untested, backlogged rape kits, one Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the ways in which future rape cases are prosecuted.
Lindsay Schrupp

The Government Is Going To Spend $80 Million To Solve America's Rape Kit Crisis

Rape is the "ultimate violation," Vice President Joe Biden said, adding that victim-blaming has also contributed to the backlog of thousands of untested kits: "So much of our culture is 'he said she said."
Liz Fields
crime & drugs

Rape and Punishment: How a Campaign to Analyze Old DNA Evidence Is Affecting Survivors

America’s massive backlog of DNA evidence collected after rapes is finally being analyzed and run through a national database. But what happens when survivors are told their rapist has been found — sometimes decades after the attack?
Liz Fields