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A national debate is polarizing women’s rights advocates and some concerned law enforcement personnel.   At issue is the utility of testing all rape kits and whether doing so would yield  positive outcomes  i.e., successful criminal  prosecution.  Clearly there is no clear answer and the issues are many.   Gabriel, Boland, and Holt  (The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Summer, 2o10)  eloquently discuss in their article,  Beyond the cold hit:  Measuring the impact of the national DNA data bank on public safety and the city and county level, the conflicting and confusing issues of  DNA testing.    Any national discussion must include all interested parties and should focus on the primary goal of evidence collection which is to aide in the successful prosecution of alleged assailants.   Not testing kits sends  a powerful messge to women as does the choice to test.   We need a national best practice approach that is less concerned with the financial burden and more concerned with public health and public safety.  You decide.  Should states and counties be mandated to test all sexual assault kits within a six month time frame?

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