At-home rape kit companies respond to cease-and-desist

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two companies marketing self-administered rape kits have responded to cease-and-desist letters sent by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.

The Oklahoman reports Hunter’s office says it’s reviewing the correspondence and an investigation is ongoing.

New Jersey-based The Preserve Group LLC and New York City-based MeToo Kits Company marketed the kits with the intention of home use by women who don’t want to report assaults to the police, but still want the option of collecting evidence.

The cease-and-desist letters say at-home rape kits break Oklahoma’s consumer protection laws and wouldn’t be admissible in court. Attorneys general in several states have sent similar letters.

Both companies haven’t directly said they’d refrain from selling their products, however, MeToo’s kits are not for sale yet and the Preserve kit is listed online as “currently unavailable.”

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