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State law could hinder coroner’s shift of sexual assault exam duties to hospitals • Louisiana Illuminator

Posted on AllSides March 22nd, 2024
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St. Tammany Parish coroner-elect Dr. Christopher Tape drew backlash from advocacy groups Thursday after he told reporters he intends to have local hospitals take over his office’s for sexual assault examination program. But state law might prevent him from taking that action. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office operates a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) team whose members respond to hospitals to conduct forensic examinations on sexual assault victims. The St. Tammany SANE team also serves as the lead entity on sexual assault exams for all hospitals in Louisiana Department...

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