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Webinar on September 30th at 1:00 pm


SEXUAL ASSAULT:  The Crime Laboratory and SAFE Nurses

By Carolyn Reilly, Forensic Scientist

Carolyn Reilly is a Forensic Scientist in the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Bureau of Forensic Services.  Carolyn received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Forensic Science, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Upon graduating from college in 2006, she began her forensic science career in the Serology Section of the Harrisburg Regional Laboratory and has been there ever since.  As a Forensic Scientist, she performs serological analysis on items of evidence submitted to the laboratory, prepares reports of her findings, and testifies to those findings in court.  In March of 2019, Carolyn became the Laboratory System Quality Specialist for the Serology Section’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) and Hair Analysis disciplines.  In this role she conducts and oversees in-house training, conducts internal audits, as well as develops, monitors, and revises discipline-related and quality-related policies and procedures in accordance with accreditation requirements.  She is also an avid runner and dog-mom to an English Bulldog named Winston.


  • Become familiar with the contents of a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (SAECK)

  • Understand the purpose of collecting each sample in the SAECK

  • Learn best practices for collecting each sample to facilitate forensic laboratory analysis

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