Episode 33: How to Get a Rape Kit
This is not another depressing AF story about the rape kit backlog. Instead, unladylike hero and sexual assault nurse examiner Trisha Sheridan tells Cristen and Caroline everything we didn't know we needed to know about what's in a rape kit and how these forensic tools could restore consent, dignity and justice to patients. Plus, we discover the surprising funding source for America's first rape kits! TW for rape and sexual assault.
From the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
You can receive an anonymous kit (National Center for Victims of Crime)
Training to become a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) (International Association of Forensic Nurses)
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