New York AG Orders Two Firms to Stop Selling Do-It-Yourself Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is prohibiting two companies from selling do-it-yourself sexual assault evidence kits without medical or legal protections for victims.

On Thursday, AG James said she issued a ‘cease and desist’ order against MeToo Kits Company and Preserve Group to stop operations. Both companies are selling do-it-yourself sexual assault evidence kits as an alternative to seeking professional medical care.

MeToo Kits Company and Preserve Group are implying in their marketing that evidence collected using their kits is admissible in court. The companies’ claim raised a widespread concern, according to the Attorney General’s office.

“Pursuant to New York Executive Law § 63(12) and General Business Law § 349, the OAG has the authority to commence legal action to enjoin deceptive, fraudulent or illegal business practices, as well as to obtain restitution, disgorgement, damages, penalties and costs. The OAG is also authorized to issue subpoenas and take testimony prior to any legal proceeding,” according to the cease and desist order to both companies.