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A company has started marketing what it calls the first “at home” forensic evidence collection kits, more commonly called “rape kits.”

It’s being marketed as the “MeToo Kit.”

But the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence opposes this. In a statement, the organization said it is “outraged” by the attempt to monetize the Me Too movement.

Janelle Moos is the executive director of North Dakota’s Council on Abused Women’s Services. She said a forensic exam following a rape requires a specially trained medical professional.

A recent survey asked members of the LGBTQ community how they have been treated by centers that deal with sexual and physical abuse.

"About 30 percent felt unwelcome at centers," said Zachary Packineau, the chair of the state Health Department's LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee.

Packineau said that survey was done in 2015. And he said there are several reasons for that result.

"North Dakota has a long-standing anti-LGBTQ political climate," Packineau said. "So there's a sense of not being able to be 'out' publicly."