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Hearts of Hope donating rape kits

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Rape kits being donated by Hearts of Hope Rape kits being donated by Hearts of Hope

Hearts of Hope has donated hundreds of rape kits to local hospitals.

The non-profit agency exists to end sexual abuse by providing education, advocacy and empowerment services and programs to our community. 

Every year, 100 victims of sexual assault go to emergency rooms just in Lafayette Parish alone. That's one victim every 3 or 4 days. Hearts of Hope wants to be sure that hospitals have the supplies they need to collect evidence in reported sexual assault. That's why the donations are being made. 

A total of 500  Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (SAECK / aka Rape Kits) are being donated to hospitals in the eight parishes of Acadiana.

With the crime of sexual assault, the victim’s body is a part of the crime scene. When the victim reports the assault to the police, at a hospital, or at a rape crisis center, the victim can choose to have a doctor or nurse photograph, swab and conduct an invasive and exhaustive examination of the victim’s entire body for DNA evidence left behind by the attacker—a process that takes four to six hours to complete. That evidence is collected and preserved in a sexual assault evidence kit, commonly referred to as a rape kit, a spokeswoman explained. 

When tested, DNA evidence contained by rape kits can be an incredibly powerful tool to solve and prevent crime. It can identify an unknown assailant and confirm the presence of a known suspect. It can affirm the survivor's account of the attack and discredit the suspect. It can connect the suspect to other crime scenes and identify serial offenders, the spokeswoman said. 

“We are proud to stand with survivors, our advocates and our community partners to send a powerful message to sexual assault survivors that we are here for you, every step of the way; you don't have to face this alone," said Kimberly Young, Executive Director. 

Hearts of Hope began delivering the kits to hospitals last week. 

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