Oklahoma AG warns public about 'at-home rape kit' companies

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is sending cease-and-desist letters to two companies that are marketing do-it-yourself sexual assault kits victims can use to gather evidence at home.

Flanked by a rape survivor and a Tulsa sexual assault detective, Hunter issued a consumer warning on Thursday and urged Oklahomans not to use the products, saying they have "no value whatsoever."

New Jersey-based The Preserve Group, LLC, and New York's MeToo Kits Company both promote their at-home evidence kits toward victims of sexual assault who don't immediately report the incident to law enforcement.

Hunter said he fears the at-home products could discourage victims from coming forward and that evidence gathered at home would be inadmissible in court.

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Telephone and email messages to the two companies on Friday seeking comment weren't immediately returned.

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