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Resource ID: #26824
Subject: Rape
Source: KUSA-TV (Denver)
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Date: 11/17/2014 and 12/16/2014

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9Wants to Know, working with I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS, found students at the two largest universities in Colorado had no access to rape kits in the cities where they go to school. In fact, students at University of Colorado in Boulder must make a 30-40 minute drive to the nearest hospital that will perform a rape kit. Rape kits are also known as a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) or a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Exam (SANE Exam). These exams are important to both treat a victim's injuries and to collect forensic evidence to prosecute the perpetrator. Victims' advocates say the distance dissuades many women in Boulder from obtaining the exam. Our story pushed Boulder officials to act more quickly in opening a SANE exam program in their city, providing a critical service to attack victims.

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