At-home rape kit created in response to the #MeToo movement faces backlash

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An at-home rape kit launched in response to the #MeToo movement has sparked backlash among experts who are concerned with its ability to help sexual assault survivors compared to examinations administered at a hospital.

The MeToo Kit was created to be the first at-home rape kit on the market for sexual assault survivors. The kit includes swabs for the victim to collect and then seal the evidence before bringing it to the police or a Title IX office.

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But the product has faced backlash from experts claiming the kit is not as thorough as a rape examination in a hospital setting, and it might not be admissible in a court of law.

MeToo Kit founder Madison Campbell told the goal of the company was to empower the victim by giving them the opportunity to control the evidence gathering after their assault.

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'We believe that it should be a survivor’s right to capture this evidence within the comfort of their own home,' Campbell said. 'We believe this product has the potential to empower survivors and preserve time-sensitive DNA evidence.'

The kits are not yet available for purchase, but that hasn't stopped experts from condemning the product before it hits the market.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel put out a press release blasting the Brooklyn, New York-based company for its at-home product, starting a chain of backlash for the MeToo Kit.

'We are very concerned about these sales and the representations made to induce them,' Nessel said in a statement.

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Concerns made by the attorney general included that sexual assault victim would not receive a full forensic examination following a rape. Hospitals not only swab a victim for evidence but also provide STD and pregnancy tests, among other treatments, during the examination.

Nessel also accused the fledgling company of violating Michigan’s Consumer...
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