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More rape kits tested in Albuquerque

BRITTANY COSTELLO
September 12, 2018 07:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Finding justice for sexual assault victims in New Mexico is overdue. There was a backlog of nearly 4,500 untested rape kits, but some progress is being made.

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In April, the city and Albuquerque SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners) announced a dedicated resource line for victims to track their cases.

Since the line opened, Teresa D’Anza with Albuquerque SANE said they haven’t seen a huge call volume, but they are making progress when it comes to rape kit testing.

“It's absolutely about time,” said D’Anza. “I mean we all have dropped the ball in the years we collected kits and didn’t get them tested. You can’t point to any one system or any one reason because there's just a bunch of reasons.”

D’Anza said they are putting a dent in the backlog, with nearly 200 going out every month. 

“Just because the results come back doesn’t mean we have an answer,” said D’Anza. “Because they have to be reviewed in-house and then, I mean its complex.”

D’Anza believes they've gotten back results for more than 800 rape kits. It's even sparked old investigations to be reopened.  But she said that creates its own backlog.

“When you’re talking about results coming back for 800 or 900 but you only have one or two staff persons who can do all the technical reviews and you have a limited number of detectives, so we've shifted the backlog a little bit,” she said.

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