Why there’s a 5-day window to collect evidence in rape cases

Backlog of rape kitsGRAND RAPIDS, MI – When a rape survivor comes into the YWCA for help, they’re already feeling traumatized and powerless. So the first thing the specially-trained staff try to do is put that person back in control.
As they walk the survivor through each step of a sexual assault medical forensic exam – and explain how evidence is collected from their body for a rape kit – the overall goal is to empower them.