Online System To Track Rape Kits Launches This Week In Four Texas Cities
Horror stories of untested, long-forgotten and even moldy sexual assault evidence kits have been a problem in Texas for years. And those forgotten kits have been on Becky O’Neal’s mind for a long time.
O’Neal has been a nurse and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – or SANE – for almost 30 years. She runs the team of SANE nurses in the Northwest Texas Healthcare System.
The new Track-Kit system is meant to address this issue. Through the online portal, it makes status updates on the kit accessible to all those working on the case – law enforcement, the nurse examiner, the laboratory and the prosecutor. But, most importantly to Lt. Ricardo Medina of the El Paso Police Department, it gives survivors peace of mind and allows them to remain anonymous.