Oklahoma AG warns public about 'at-home rape kit' companies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is sending cease-and-desist letters to two companies that are marketing do-it-yourself sexual assault kits victims can use to gather evidence at home.

Flanked by a rape survivor and a Tulsa sexual assault detective, Hunter issued a consumer warning on Thursday and urged Oklahomans not to use the products, saying they have "no value whatsoever."

New Jersey-based The Preserve Group, LLC, and New York's MeToo Kits Company both promote their at-home evidence kits toward victims of sexual assault who don't immediately report the incident to law enforcement.

Hunter said he fears the at-home products could discourage victims from coming forward and that evidence gathered at home would be inadmissible in court.

Telephone and email messages to the two companies on Friday seeking comment weren't immediately returned.