No On-Campus Access To Rape Kits At Triad Colleges

UNC Football Player Turns Self In To Police

GREENSBORO, NC --  A UNC student’s rape allegation against one of the school’s football players is putting a spotlight on a much larger problem of rape on college campuses.


Last year, a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found more than 1 in 5 female undergraduates and 7 percent of young men at top colleges report sexual attacks.
Sometimes, the only way to get justice for the rape victims is through DNA from rape kits.
But for young victims, getting a rape kit on campus is sometimes a challenge.

“When I woke up I found David on top of me," Jada Garber recalled about her 2011 rape on her college campus in Colorado.


Her body was the crime scene and when she went to the hospital, they sent her to police.

"They didn't take any swabs of me and instead they called the police,” she said.

Garber ended up in the back of a patrol car to the police station.

"I felt like the criminal," she recalled.

Detectives interviewed her, and encouraged her to get a sexual assault exam.
The closest place to get it?
20 miles away.

"I don't want to get the DNA collected right now half an hour away. Instead, I want to go home to be with my family," she said.

Another sexual assault victim who asked to remain anonymous said she had to wait two days to get an exam.

"And, I hadn't been able to shower, so I was still just kind of sitting there, feeling gross," the victim said.

Many sexual assault survivors hit road blocks trying to find a facility that will collect DNA for evidence.

"Often gives us vital evidence to help us prove fundamental elements of the crime. Our survivors deserve it, and we should demand it for them,” said Boulder sex crimes prosecutor Katharina Booth.

What's an acceptable wait or drive time to get a rape kit exam?
There is no magic number.
But 2 Wants to Know found many Triad colleges don't have rape kits available on campus.


UNCG, Bennett College, Elon University, High Point University, Winston Salem State University, Guilford College and Wake Forest University, all refer students to local hospitals - which are all driving distance away.

North Carolina A&T did not give us an answer as to whether rape kits are available to students on campus.

Victim advocates say delays and finding rides can keep some victims from reporting the assaults.

"I definitely would have been more comfortable if everything had just been able to be taken care of right when I had initially reported it," Garber said.

While it takes just a few minutes to do a rape kit on a TV show, in reality it can take up to six hours.
After the challenges of trying to get one done, victims often have to wait for a considerable amount of time before those kits are tested.
Triad law enforcement agencies report they only test 22 out of 100 kits, on average. The actual numbers vary widely.  
Meanwhile, some colleges say they don’t have the rape kits available on campus because it’s not feasible.
Having rape kits on campus requires specially trained nurses who are willing to testify in court, medical equipment and an exam room available 24/7. 
That cost winds up being about few dollars per student a year.
Of the top 100 U.S. colleges as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2014, only four provide the exams in their student health centers. 
 

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