Local advocates are concerned about new home-use “rape kits” that are being marketed to the public.

“The message that’s kind of going out is that victim/survivors should not interact with hospital staff, hospital staff are very well trained, they’re trauma-informed, they’re victim-centered.”

Jude Foster with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) says free forensic medical exams are available to any survivor of sexual assault and the exams are conducted by a specially-trained medical professional. In addition, she says home rape kits from for-profit companies are not admissable in court.