November 2022

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Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Intervals

In 2016, guidelines changed to now recommend the collection of vaginal samples in a sexual assault kit up to 5 days after the incident, an increase from a previous 3 day interval. With technological advances and new research, there is a potential for this time to be extended even further. Here we provide an overview of the collection intervals by state, including some proactive states that have already extended their collection intervals.