Nurses Training to Help Sexual Assault Victims
by Meche Williams '19
In Albuquerque, New Mexico a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) named Alejandra Casarrubias, whose job is to answer calls to meet a sexual assault survivor. Casarrubias meets the survivor in an interview room at the Family Advocacy Center in downtown Albuquerque. With Casarrubias’s friendly and caring manner she listens to the survivors story while they sit in the room fully stocked of cloths, hygiene kits, and refreshments. During the time they spend in the family room the nurse will conduct the examination, collecting DNA samples and taking photos of injuries and clothing. Once the nurse is done with the examination the survivor can take a shower in the adjoining bathroom. Since Casarrubias has been a nurse the youngest person she had to examine was three years old and the oldest was eighty-six. The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Program has centers located all around New Mexico and has been up since 2004. You can find these centers in ten places: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, Sante Fe, Silver City and Toas. The Coalition Program trains nurses who want to become a SANE so they know how to properly examine a sexual assault survivor. A SANE, in addition to their primary jobs, also do specialized work; the SANE’s are on call for twelve hour shifts and during that time they respond day or night to examine the survivor when they are summoned to conduct an exam on. Monohan, the state coordinator for the coalition program, says the burnout rate is high because of the demand of the work cna take a toll on them emotionally and physically.
Man Set to be Executed for Birthday Shooting
by Shawn McCraith '18
Erick Davila is set to be executed on April 25th for a birthday party shooting that left two dead back in 2009. The two victims were his rival gang member’s mother Annette and his 5-year-old daughter Queshawn. His case was heard by the US Supreme Court but it was rejected last year which was originally argued against but now he is set to die. Erick Davila, age 31, has been on death row for nine years now and is set to be executed on Wednesday for shooting at a Fort Worth household which was hosting a birthday that resulted in two deaths. Davila asked to stop the execution because of new claims about drug use during the murders and a conflict of interest within the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
Davila has been continually fighting his sentence by saying he only meant to kill his rival who was Jerry Stevenson and not 5-year-old granddaughter or his 47-year-old grandmother.The court had to figure if Davila’s intentions were to kill more people than just the two victims for him to be eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors argued that Erick Davila meant to kill more people referring to his statement of trying to get “the guys on the porch” and the “fat dude.”
In a statement written to the police Davila said,”I wasn't aiming at the kids or the woman and don't know where the woman came from.” The question of intent is what led to Davila’s case being sent to the nation’s highest court in the spring of last year. The jury found Erick Davila guilty and it would not have been so if someone else was hurt, not the grandmother or the girl. Now that the case in the US Supreme Court if he is found guilty he will be executed after 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 6th.
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