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Benefits of the DNA-Kit

Rape victims – mostly women – who have limited access to medical facilities can empower themselves by use of the DNA-Kit in a self-effective way by collecting evidence that can be used in court. An instrument contributing to personal well-being and overcoming fear and shame.

„You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Ela Gandhi, patron of Ring for Peace

They come from rural regions, refugee camps, slums or, and very recently, from the cordoned-off zones caused by the Covid 19 pandemic: Victims of sexual violence with little access to medical care institutions. The vaginal swab kit, developed by Lisa Smith in cooperation with Ring for Peace, provides support for rape victims from marginalized communities. In many countries, due to lack of evidence and because of fear and shame, no more than10 percent of all offenses of sexual violence are reported. In some states, such as South Africa, limited reporting results in perpetrators being convicted in only 8 percent of cases. A disaster for victims of sexual violence.

„Most of these crimes are never reported, never investigated and certainly never brought to justice. ”

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, in April 2019

The lack of reliable forensic evidence contributes to ongoing cycles of violence. Investigating authorities are often unwilling to take legal action if no forensic DNA is available to confirm the victims’ statements. Moreover, survivors are less likely to report the crimes committed against them if there is no physical evidence. When used correctly, the DNA kit is as reliable as a hospital examination, while meeting the legal requirements. Properly sealed, the kit remains durable and can be used indefinitely.

It is also important, however, that the introduction of DNA testing in the pilot regions it not just limited to the distribution of kits , but that victims and those who are potentially vulnerable are supported by general educational work, raising awareness of the issue of gender-related sexual violence, training medical personnel, improving access to medical assistance and raising awareness with local authorities better practice towards responding and engaging victims of sexual violence.

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Pilot Project South Africa

The Cape in South Africa: Thousands of women suffer sexual, gender-based violence (SGBV) in a country with one of the highest reported rape rates in the world. It is an overwhelming challenge.

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Benefits of the DNA-Kit

Rape victims – mostly women – who have limited access to medical facilities can empower themselves by use of the DNA-Kit in a self-effective way by collecting evidence that can be used in court. An instrument contributing to personal well-being and overcoming fear and shame.

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