Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-07-20 19:34:55 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — The Jim Collie Conservation Act for Rape Survivors, which came into force on July 1, requires the Tennessee Bureau of Research (TBI) to implement a sexual assault survivor tracking system.
“This sexual assault kit tracking system will be very helpful to them,” said Mike Little, TBI Assistant Director for Forensic Services.
The TBI began considering a tracking system before the state legislature voted.
“I looked into other tracking systems and was able to contact the police station in Portland, Oregon. They actually created a free sexual assault tracking system,” Little said.
When the Victim Portal of the Sexual Assault Management System (SAMS) is up and running, a unique code that allows anyone submitting evidence in Tennessee in the form of a sexual assault kit to follow the kit through the criminal justice process. To get.
“Obviously, there was a backlog of untested kits because law enforcement did not properly submit the kits in the past. We want to make things as victim-centric as possible. The victim of the entire process. ”
Meanwhile, other protections against survivors of sexual assault are in force due to new legislation.
Police now need to receive a sexual assault kit from the hospital within 48 hours instead of 7 days, and police officers must submit and test the kit within 30 days instead of 60 days.
At TBI, it currently takes about 24 weeks to turn around a sexual assault kit.
“This isn’t the best in the world, but a year ago. [or] Two years ago, we were about 38 weeks … we’re working to provide better service to these sexual assault kits, and that’s what we’re working on, “Lyttle said. Said.
The law requires that the tracking system be in operation before July 1, 2022.
Past kits did not have a tracking label and do not apply.
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