Bode Technology Launches Accelerated Processing of Sexual Assault Kits

First-in-Industry Approach Will Prevent and Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs

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The sooner the criminal justice system can have DNA results to work the cases; the sooner rapists will be taken off the streets and victims can be provided with the answers and justice they deserve.

Lorton, VA (PRWEB) April 28, 2014

The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, announced today the introduction of the Bode Accelerated Sexual Assault Kit Processing (Bode ASAP™) service. This new service will process untested rape kits for law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories to support near real-time investigations. Using Bode’s proprietary ASAP™ screening method, investigators can routinely submit batches of cases using this service and receive preliminary results as well as a complete court-ready report in a matter of weeks. Bode ASAP offers the fastest turnaround times for processing on-going sexual assault kit submissions in the industry. Through this service, DNA results can then be utilized to support active investigations and identify serial criminals.

“We continue to reform what can be done in a DNA crime laboratory. We have optimized our approach and efficiency to allow investigators and victims to obtain answers ASAP,” said Amy Jeanguenat, VP, Director of Forensic Lab Operations at Bode. “This revolutionary program is a game-changer for agencies actively investigating sexual assaults and looking for immediate DNA results to solve violent crime.”

Statistics show that every 2 minutes an American is sexually assaulted. With over 80,000 rapes reported annually and an estimated rape kit backlog of more than 400,000 kits, Bode ASAP can play a critical role in supporting the law enforcement community.

"DNA is an invaluable tool in the fight to end sexual violence and hold sexual predators accountable. Bode Technology has been a longstanding partner in this effort and we are excited to learn about Bode ASAP. The sooner the criminal justice system can have DNA results to work the cases; the sooner rapists will be taken off the streets and victims can be provided with the answers and justice they deserve. With the development of this initiative, Bode is once again demonstrating why we consider them a premier partner in our work and we look forward to seeing the impact of this program," said Rebecca O’Connor, VP of Public Policy at RAINN.

Bode has processed more than 25,000 sexual assault kits as a part of backlog reduction programs and casework outsourcing. All DNA analysis methods performed utilize validated procedures that meet the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards and ISO 17025 accreditation requirements. For more information, visit http://www.bodetech.com/asap.

About The Bode Technology Group, Inc.
Bode (http://www.bodetech.com) operates one of the most internationally respected private DNA laboratories and provides a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art forensic DNA collection products, DNA analysis services, and research services to law enforcement, the justice system and other government agencies around the world. Bode is one of the few private facilities worldwide to receive ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from both the American Society of Crime Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International Program) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/FQS for forensic testing. Bode also provides immigration and paternity testing worldwide through its subsidiary Chromosomal Labs • Bode Technology, which is accredited by AABB for Relationship Testing Activities.

Bode is one of the three wholly owned subsidiaries of SolutionPoint International, Inc. (http://www.solutionpoint-intl.com), a leading provider of business intelligence, security, compliance and monitoring, identity assurance, forensics, and situational awareness solutions for the commercial and government sectors on a worldwide basis.


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