ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Who collects evidence contained in sexual assault kits?
Most sexual assault evidence in New Mexico is collected by specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners who work in community-based settings, rape crisis centers or the joint APD Family Advocacy Center.
If a SANE trained nurse is not available, emergency room nurses or physicians should be able to collect the evidence and documentation.
What is collected?
DNA evidence, including blood, semen and saliva is collected by swabbing portions of the victim’s body to aid in identifying the suspect and prove physical contact occurred.