Federal and Maryland officials warn against use of at-home ‘MeToo’ rape kits targeting local college
Original Post: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-me-too-rape-kits-20190906-fmz4fgtxuzdvbcy7uyw4ym64vi-story.html A Brooklyn, New York-based startup company called MeToo Kit is getting lambasted from federal and state officials and anti-sexual assault groups for marketing the first-ever “sexual assault evidence kit for at-home use."
Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said his office is “adamantly opposed to the use of these kits" and that it is “highly unlikely” the kits would ever be admissible in court. Maryland’s Attorney General has advised against using it. The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence said the company was trying to take advantage of the #MeToo movement. The MeToo Kit company co-founder Madison Campbell wrote The Baltimore Sun in response to the criticism that the product is in early stages of development and that it has not yet been distributed. She hopes to work with law enforcement and legislators to make sure the product is admissible in court.
Campbell, 23, said she developed the product because she is a survivor of sexual assault. She said the assault happened in college and this product is meant to help, not take advantage of survivors.