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Rape kit exams not available on area campuses

Rape kit exams not available on area campuses

While the Obama administration presses colleges and universities to respond more aggressively to sexual assaults, students who are attacked at Baltimore-area schools are unable to get rape kit exams on their campuses.

Instead, they must go to a hospital off-campus — an extra step that advocates for victims say deters at least some from reporting the crime.

The question whether schools should offer the exams is the subject of a national debate that is dividing school administrators, nurse examiners and advocates — with victims falling on both sides.

Nationwide, some colleges and universities have the kits and trained personnel to administer them, but it is...