Rape Evidence Collection Kits

The survivor has the option to consent to a rape evidence collection kit. During this procedure, the doctors or nurses will search the survivor’s body and belongings for materials that may help identify the perpetrator or strengthen a court case.

Evidence collection procedures include oral, genital and rectal swabs, hair combings and fingernail specimens. The survivor can decline consent to some evidence collection procedures and undergo others.

A survivor undecided about reporting the assault or prosecuting the perpetrator can consent to the evidence collection but request that it not be released to law enforcement until s/he decides whether to contact police.

An evidence collection kit can be completed up to one week after the assault, and the hospital can hold the completed kit for up to two weeks after the evidence is collected.