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"Jane Doe" Rape Kits Aim to Ease Victim Reluctance

James Farren,  Randall County District Attorney James Farren, Randall County District Attorney

Rape victims' reluctance to request an examination may soon be eased.

When a rape victim goes to the emergency room and asks for an exam, she will be able to receive that exam without having to reveal her identity to police.

It is called a "Jane Doe" rape kit.

Once the exam is completed, it is sealed and given to police with only a number for identification.

The idea is to get evidence from the victim as soon as possible. Randall County District Attorney James Farren says, "victims are more willing to talk to the police once they've gotten over the initial trauma and calm down."

Farren says a disturbing percentage of victims wait until the evidence is gone to report a sexual assault.  That is why he says this is a good law.

Farren says "it gives the victim a chance to provide us with evidence that otherwise would be lost. Then they can decide to pursue prosecution."

The statute of limitations for adult rape victims is ten years. So, they have that long to press charges against their attacker.

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