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State Provides $10,000 Grant for New Technology to Fight Sexual Assault

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – A suburban hospital now has a powerful tool to help medical and legal professionals fight sexual assault.

State Assemblyman Jim Hayes Friday presented Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with a $10,000 state grant for a high-definition camera. Called a colposcope, the camera has already been installed and is being used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault. Hayes says the equipment helps put an end to victims being traumatized a second time by weak evidence.

"We have sexual assault nurses in this community. Now we have the technology that will enable us to go after those perpetrators," Hayes said. "We have identified the funding, even though government funding has been at a premium."

Hayes says one sexual offender was recently sentenced to 75 years to life in prison, due in part to the strong evidence gathered using the new camera.