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DNA Profiling

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DNA profiling can be helpful in corroborating a victim's testimony. In one instance, a woman reported she had been assaulted vaginally with a sawed-off broom handle. The suspect was found to have a sawed-off broom handle in his possession and tests revealed the woman's DNA profile on it. The DNA not only confirmed the woman's testimony but also her presence. 

The DNA evidence can also refute a suspect's statements that the assault did not occur.

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