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Saving Rape Victims’ DNA to Charge Them with Crimes Now Illegal

Oct. 1, 2022, 1:00 AM

California police are barred from retaining sexual assault survivors’ DNA to later use it in unrelated criminal cases against the victims under a new law Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed Friday.

The new measure comes after San Francisco police used a rape victim’s retained DNA to charge her with burglary years later.

The incident prompted intense criticism, ethics arguments, and spawned a lawsuit along with a bill (S.B. 1228) the California Legislature passed in August. The Genetic Privacy for Sexual Assault Victims Act prohibits collecting samples from a victim or a person who voluntarily gave DNA to ...