The Brooklyn-based company MeToo Kit says it’s offering an alternative option for those who experience sexual assault and want to collect evidence.
On its website, the company says it allows those who have been sexually assaulted “to focus on what matters most: their recovery.” But legal experts, including some state leaders, have quickly doled out harsh criticism against the product, which is not yet available for purchase. They say the at-home kits could cause sexual assault survivors more problems and that the evidence likely wouldn’t hold up in court. Some have also argued the company is attempting to profit off of the ‘MeToo’ movement and could encourage delaying medical attention.
The co-founder of the company, who says she’s a sexual assault survivor, says many people don’t seek medical help and this could be a way to give them time to process their trauma. According to the company’s website, the kit includes swabs to collect DNA, a container to spit into and packaging to seal the evidence in. It even touches on whether the kit would be admissible in court, but the answer isn’t clear. The co-founder has said the at-home test isn’t meant to be a replacement for medical professionals. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the implications of the at-home kits.
If you are in need of immediate help, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673 for free and confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Madison Campbell, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based company MeToo Kit, which has designed at-home sexual assault kits
Ambrosio Rodriguez, former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney; he led the sex crimes team in the Riverside D.A.’s office