Victim's Rape Kit Used to Identify Her as a Suspect in Another Case

    Photo: Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle [via The New York Times]

    The Facts

    • San Francisco's DA has dropped charges against a woman reportedly identified as a suspect in a property crime using DNA previously collected from a rape kit.

    • The practice has come under scrutiny, with some arguing it could deter sexual assault victims from coming forward.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    These are chilling revelations -- the police have been violating Californian, if not American, constitutional rights and treating rape victims as criminals.

    Narrative B

    To suggest someone who has been a victim of rape should later be protected from identification is ridiculous. The notion does a disservice to the victims of crimes that might be solved this way.

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