New Federal Rape Kit Mandate

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Statistics show women are more likely to be raped by someone they know.

A rape kit contains the evidence taken from a victim after a rape occurs. Officials say it's the best weapon when prosecuting a rapist. A new mandate says rape victims can have a Jane Doe rape kit completed, but it does not necessarily have to be handed straight over to authorities.

"There are so many victims who are reluctant to notify law enforcement because of various reasons. This will preserve the evidence for them to be able to make a decision later," says "The Haven" Director Mandy Rowe.

The AP reports the FBI has been recommending this measure since 1999.

"If you take the law enforcement piece out of it initially, that it will allow some women that have been apprehensive about coming in and reporting it, it will enable them to go ahead and have the confidence to come forward," says Chuck Roberts, a spokesperson for Smith-Northview Hospital.

"I feel it's a good thing because they would not normally get serviced, because victims are afraid," says Rape Process Advocate Seletha Willis.

The Associated Press also says that according to a recent survey, only about 41 percent of rapes and other types of sexual assaults are reported to police.

Rape counselors say the first thing a rape victim should do is report the incident to the police.