To better help survivors, their loved ones, and the communities in which they live, this will mean changing the landscape of sexual assault prevention, care and healing. We want to work with hospitals, organizations, and legislators to empower survivors with additional resources.
We view sexual health through a survivor-focused lens. We have developed resources such as self-administered DNA collection, and sexual health testing in order to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors.
Leda Health is not a medical care provider and does not claim to be a replacement for professional medical care. We encourage survivors to report any assault to law enforcement and to visit their nearest hospitals for medical evaluation. Click here to learn more.
In 2019, Madison Campbell (CEO) and Liesel Vaidya (CTO) co-founded Leda Health in Brooklyn, New York in response to some troubling figures they encountered about sexual assault in the United States. Namely, they found that 77% of sexual assaults are not reported and that there is an inadequate number of sexual assault nurse examiners in the nation. They also considered how survivors may feel physically and mentally, and the impact this could have on reporting.
The decision also came after Madison was sexually assaulted in her college dorm room. With the shame and trauma that enveloped her after her experience, she became one of the many survivors who decided against reporting. Madison and Liesel, in founding Leda Health, hoped to create positive change for survivors like Madison – who may not be able to visit a hospital immediately after an assault.
Leda Health is a company built for survivors, by survivors. It seeks to not only revolutionize forensic evidence collection and testing with modern technology, but also to connect survivors with professionals and supportive communities to aid them in their recovery process. For sexual assault survivors, the restoration of autonomy and the administration of care are of the utmost importance.
We’ve formed a network of professionals with experience in forensics, law, healthcare, advocacy paired with designers, engineers, political scientists and more to create unique survivor-centric solutions to one of the world’s biggest problems. Together, we are shifting the paradigm. We are determined to support the effort to raise the national reporting rate, minimize the backlog of 200,000 sexual assault examination kits that currently exists in the country, and provide survivors with the holistic care they need.
Leda Health is an organization built by survivors, for survivors. In everything we do, we endeavor to meet survivors where they are and provide them with the options and autonomy they deserve.
Leda Health highly encourages assault survivors to seek in-person emergency care immediately after suffering an assault.
Our Early Evidence Kit was designed by survivors with the help of nurses, advocates, and lawyers to enable survivors to collect and store DNA, when accessing a traditional sexual assault forensic exam is not possible or against the survivor’s wishes. Again, Leda highly encourages assault survivors to seek in-person emergency care immediately after suffering an assault.
Leda Health’s Early Evidence Kits are tested at our partner lab, which is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited. Our partner lab has experience testing sexual assault kits submitted by law enforcement, having results admitted in court, and testifying in court. Because Leda Health is a private company, we do not have access to the federal Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, which contains DNA profiles of convicted offenders and arrestees of certain crimes and may be used by law enforcement authorities to help identify assailants of alleged assaults. Leda cannot guarantee that information collected using our kit will be admissible in a court of law and is not an attorney able to provide survivors with legal advice.
Leda Health is not a medical care provider and does not claim to be a replacement for professional medical care. We encourage survivors to report any assault to law enforcement and to visit their nearest hospitals for medical evaluation.
Leda Health does not guarantee admissibility of our Early Evidence Kits. This is based on the fact that all evidence is subject to admissibility scrutiny in court
Our digital platforms include access to a 24/7 virtual Care Team, who guide survivors through the step-by-step process for self-collection and documentation. The Care Team can also facilitate hospital visits. Indeed, Leda highly encourages assault survivors to seek in-person emergency care immediately after suffering an assault.