New York Attorney General’s office has called for two companies to stop selling do-it-yourself rape kits, because they are misleading to sex assault victims, officials said.
Attorney General Letitia James issued MeToo Kits Company and Preserve Group cease and desist letters on Thursday, noting that the companies’ marketing suggests the results of self-administered rape kit could take the place of place of a proper medical exam.
"I am deeply concerned about companies selling kits that deter individuals from seeking professional care and purport to collect evidence without knowing whether the evidence will be admissible in court,” James said in a statement. “We must ensure that all survivors of sexual assault are not misled and that justice is served.”
Jane Mason, the co-founder of Preserve Group’s PRESERVEkit, said the company launched the kit to help sexual-assault survivors who don’t come forward.
“To date, not one person who has come out against the PRESERVEkit has reached out to me to ask me about the kits or why I believe the evidence collected with the kit would be admissible in a court of law,” she said.
MeToo Kits did not comment on the order.
New York State is required by law to provide free sexual assault exams and evidence collection for victims at designated medical facilities, officials said.