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Why should sexual assault kits never be packaged with clothing?






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I am assuming you mean why can sexual assault kits never be packaged in cloth or fabric.  Because these kits are used to gather evidence, they have to be sterile.  Any fibers from the fabric that get into the kit would then contaminate the evidence and confuse the investigators trying to find fibers from the assailant.

Because these kits also contain medical supplies to search for DNA and bodily fluids, they also have to be sealed and sterile in order to effectively gather the evidence needed for court proceedings, and to help increase the chance of apprehending a suspect and getting a conviction.

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