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The Rape Kit's Secret History

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Martha "Marty" Goddard's first flash of insight came in 1972 while she was volunteering for a crisis hotline for teenagers in Chicago. She was surprised to discover that many in-distress teens weren’t rebels who had left home seeking adventure; they were victims who had fled sexual abuse. She began to ask herself why so many predators were getting away with it, and what would it take to stop them? Read more...

Pagan Kennedy, NY Times, June 17, 2020

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28 Sep 2020

Thank you for sharing this! I am preparing a research project on unsubmitted SAKs as part of my Master's in criminal justice coursework, and questions about the origin and history of these kits have been swirling around in my mind for several weeks now. I had heard that Carol Daly in Sacramento played a role in its creation, but I guess that was incorrect speculation. Thanks again.

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