In 1978, the State of New Mexico legislature
created the Sexual Crimes Prosecution and Treatment Act. This act mandates that
the state provide services to professionals (medical, mental health, law
enforcement, social services) which will assist them to offer appropriate services to victims of sexual
abuse. This law outlines the necessity to provide ongoing training on a variety of sexual
abuse topics. It also mandates the provision of sexual abuse evidence collection
in order to offer victims the best possible prosecution of their cases.
Additionally, the act provides for payment of all victims medical exams
following an assault or the discovery of abuse.
The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, a private, non-profit
organization, was created and continues to exist to fulfill the requirements of
In addition, the Coalition provides child sexual abuse prevention projects in
Mexico as well as a Clearinghouse of literature and
resources to assist professionals in our state in the assessment, prosecution
and treatment of sexual abuse and assault cases.