Survivors deserve better than MeToo Kits

Survivors deserve better than MeToo Kits

This week, the state of Michigan banned the sale of so-called "MeToo Kits." 

Advocates have raised concerns about the commercial sale of "MeToo Kits," a product that is being marketed to sexual assault survivors and institutions such as colleges. The entity marketing this product suggests evidence collection following sexual assault can effectively be done at home.

We agree with advocates nationwide raising concerns. The National Alliance for Ending Sexual Violence responded, saying this:

A forensic exam following a rape requires a specially trained medical professional, often a sexual assault nurse examiner or forensic examiner. An exam is necessary for rape victims who choose to have their evidence collected and receive medical treatment. This kit obviously cannot provide needed medical care and other services that are available when exams are performed in a hospital or medical center. Forgoing these other much needed services, the focus of the kit seems to be largely placed on DNA identification. When 8 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone known to the victim, DNA identification is by no means the only necessary part of a forensic exam. 

Read their full statement here.

Here in Washington state, the cost of a sexual assault exam by a trained, professional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is covered by our state's Crime Victims Compensation Program. Victims aren't required to use insurance, file a police report or crime victim's claim application to have the exam paid for.

If you have questions about access to an exam, or need other support or information, KCSARC's Resource Line is available 24 hours a day, at 1.888.99.VOICE (888.998.6423).