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Ending the Backlog of Untested Rape Kits


  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Graduate in Psychology, Jessi Lail. She is a concerned resident and advocate to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in New Mexico.

Last year, over 5,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits were discovered in state warehouses and crime labs in New Mexico, some dating back over 30 years. According to Lail it could take several years to clear the backlog. In 2011 she became a victim of sexual assault, but did not report the crime or have a rape kit conducted. Through her recovery she has become an advocate for all victims and offers support to the community.

In collaboration with La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services, Lail has put together a fund raiser to bring awareness and help “End the Backlog of Rape Kits in New Mexico.” The event will be held on Friday, August 19th from 6 to 8:30 pm at Picacho Peak Brewery, 3900 West Picacho Avenue in Las Cruces. All proceeds will be used for Southern New Mexico victims and advocates to travel and be heard in the State Legislature in Santa Fe. For tickets and more information visit them on Facebook/End the Back Log in NM.