Sexual assault is a traumatic crime that can have long lasting impacts on survivors and their loved ones. After a sexual assault, you may choose to have evidence collected as part of a rape kit or sexual assault kit (SAK). This decision can be a difficult one. You probably have questions about what will happen to your rape kit and how it will be used. Unfortunately, having a rape kit does not guarantee that it will be tested or that your case will be solved. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of unanalyzed kits sit in evidence lockers—these unsolved sexual assault cases affect survivors in many ways. You may feel that your case remains unsolved because you were not believed, judged, or blamed. You might feel let down by the criminal justice system. You may be angry, confused, or overwhelmed. You may simply want answers.
DNA testing is a powerful tool that can often be used to bring answers and justice to survivors. DNA evidence can also present complicated issues for you to grapple with. Survivors whose kits have been backlogged—or who wonder what happened to their kits—often yearn for information about DNA and their rights. This webpage is designed to help guide you to information and resources regarding the use of DNA in sexual assault cases.