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Rural rape victims in Tennessee face obstacles for exams. These nurses hope to change that


In Memphis, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center won a $1.5 million grant in 2021 to expand SANE programs in West Tennessee. They have since trained more than 70 nurses, said Dr. Andrea Sebastian, who heads the grant program. Before the expansion, Shelby County’s rape crisis center, the only location where victims can get a rape kit exam, was significantly understaffed, she said.

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