Biological evidence with forensic interest may be found in several cases of assault, being particularly relevant if sexually related. Sexual assault cases are characterized by low rates of disclosure, reporting, prosecution, and conviction. Biological evidence is sometimes the only way to prove the occurrence of sexual contact and to identify the perpetrator. The major focus of this review is to propose practical approaches and guidelines to help health, forensic, and law enforcement professionals to deal with biological evidence for DNA analysis. Attention should be devoted to avoiding contamination, degradation, and loss of biological evidence, as well as respecting specific measures to properly handle evidence i. Biological evidence must be carefully managed since the relevance of any finding in Forensic Genetics is determined, in the first instance, by the integrity and quantity of the samples submitted for analysis.
DNA Forensic Testing and Use of DNA Rape Kits in Cases of Rape and Sexual Assault
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Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Mutilation of sex organs infibulation, for example or ritual abuse may also be considered rape. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation; in actuality, it includes a broad spectrum of various types of sexual molestation. Both rape and assault do not necessarily need to be forced.