RAINN Pleased that San Francisco Police Will End Egregious Misuse of Victims’ DNA

Washington, D.C. - RAINN released the following statement after the San Francisco Police Department’s announcement that it will end the practice of using DNA samples collected from rape victims to help identify suspects in other unrelated crimes: “We are pleased that the San Francisco Police Department has backed down from its misguided use of DNA collected from survivors of sexual assault. This is progress, but RAINN is committed to ending this practice throughout the country, and looks forward to working with legislators to make it illegal. We must support and protect the privacy of survivors who come forward to seek justice.” - Erinn Robinson, press secretary, RAINN



RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, help organizations improve their sexual assault prevention and response programs, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, free, confidential help is available 24/7 by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visiting online.rainn.org.