Recently, different companies have started marketing at-home sexual assault evidence kits. The Office of Health Promotion wants the William & Mary community to know that we strongly discourage use of these kits and do not endorse these products. More importantly there are easily accessible resources available for survivors to have appropriate forensic evidence collection completed in the Williamsburg area.
At home sexual assault evidence kits are marketed as giving survivors control, but in reality the evidence collected in these kits is not likely to be admissible in a court of law, the university adjudication process or other proceedings. These at home kits do not follow chain of custody, nor is there any training to ensure the evidence is collected in a manner that can be tested. Furthermore, many of these companies have unclear privacy policies, and provide no guarantees as to how the evidence, pictures and narratives collected will be protected.
William & Mary partners with the trained, professional sexual assault nurse examiners contracted with the Riverside hospital system. The Haven can connect students with these forensic nursing services, and William & Mary Police Department provides confidential transportation to Riverside hospital for these exams. Evidence collection, testing and related treatment needs are all covered by the Commonwealth of Virginia at no cost to the survivor.
William & Mary strives to serve the needs of survivors of violence on our campus, and if you hear of products similar to these being marketed directly to our community, contact Lindsey Mosvick, Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.