ERs Will Offer Anonymous Rape Tests to Victims

Anonymity removes barrier, gives option to press charges after the fact
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 11:29 AM CDT
The anonymous testing makes it easier for victims to come to the police later if they decide to do so.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Starting next year throughout the US, rape victims will be able to take an anonymous forensic rape test in the ER and save the evidence in case they want to press charges. The so-called "Jane Doe" kits will be paid for by states, reports the AP. "Sometimes the issue of actually having to make a report to police can be a barrier to victims," says a forensic nurse.