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Budget cuts threaten sexual assault help group

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Sequestration budget cuts may force the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners group, S.A.N.E, to close its doors. 

"I don't know how we will get by if we lose federal funding," says S.A.N.E. nurse Rachel Branton.

The eleven nurses travel to area hospitals to collect DNA evidence from rape victims. The nurses undergo specialized forensic training before joining S.A.N.E.

Right now, the group operates on roughly $400,000 a year, but if budget cuts come down by the national government the group stands to lose nearly $200,000 from their budget.

"They have already been violated once, and they are taken care of by one female sexual assault nurse examiner who takes care of all of their needs," says Branton.

Branton says if the group is forced to shut down, then doctors will be the ones to conduct rape kits. All doctors are not trained to conduct these kits.

"It's a very hard job, and it's not for everybody," says Branton.

The group doesn't know when and if the cuts will take place, but they plan on holding upcoming fundraiser to help raise money.

You can find out more information on the Fundraisers by going to the group's website.

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