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Still time for the 2014 ANF Nursing Research Grants
IAFN is collaborating with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) to offer a $5,000 research grant to a forensic nurse researcher. The grant application is open to all of IAFN's global members.
This award is part of the 2014 Nursing Research Grants which offers nursing research awards totaling more than $225,000 to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Information about all of the awards is available at: GIVETONURSING.ORG. The application deadline is May 1.
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Child forensic interviews boost courtroom success
Taking the stand in a courtroom to talk about alleged child abuse isn’t always easy for kids.
“It can be very difficult. They’re scared. You can tell that they oftentimes don’t want to look at their accuser, or excuse me, their perpetrator,” says Brown County District Attorney, David Lasee.
Case in point: In 2010, Outagamie County prosecutors accused Jamie Sames of touching a girl outside a Target store.
Giving what some may consider graphic testimony sparked emotions for this 13-year-old sexual abuse victim.
Give importance to forensic evidence, says SC
The Supreme Court has asked the law enforcement agencies to give due importance to forensic science for crime detection in view of emergence of new types of crimes.
A bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and A.K. Sikri said, “Many a times, reliable witnesses seldom come forward for deposing before the court, allowing the hardened criminals to get away, so the investigating agencies have to look for other ways which are sound in science as well as in law.
Young women see sexual assault as normal, report finds
The Huffington Post
How does a crime committed against nearly 238,000 women a year go unreported 60 percent of the time? According to a new report, many victims of sexual assault may not actually see themselves as victims.
Heather Hlavka, a sociologist at Marquette University, analyzed interviews with 100 girls between ages three and 17 who may have experienced sexual assault. Overwhelmingly, their accounts indicated that sexual violence had been normalized in their communities. They considered harassment an everyday part of life rather than a criminal act.
Accusation in Montana of treating rape lightly stirs unlikely public fight
The New York Times
For nearly three years, this college town in the hills of western Montana has lived under the shadow of stories of rapes gone unpunished and complaints that officials minimized or ignored reports of sexual assaults — especially if the suspects played for the University of Montana Grizzlies, the wildly popular football team.
The latest blow landed over the winter when federal investigators released a 20-page report saying the county prosecutor’s office had disregarded sexual assaults to the point that it was placing “women in Missoula at increased risk of harm.”
Sexual assaults on campus under national scrutiny
Two separate, alleged sexual assaults on the Missouri State University campus — on March 30 and April 4 — come at a time when the rape and sexual assault of women on college campuses has come under national scrutiny, in part from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
"There are young women that are victimized every day, every hour, at a college campus somewhere," McCaskill told the News-Leader. "Too often young women second-guess themselves. 'I should not have been drinking. I should not have been in his room. I did not know him well enough.'
Military victims of sexual assault face agonizing choice: Speak up or stay silent
The war veteran wakes up at 11 a.m. and spends the afternoon alone studying, and so it is not until early evening, during her shift at the restaurant where she works as a waitress, that the first lie of the day is required.
“Everything okay?” a colleague asks.
“It’s fine,” she says, and the lying is underway.
Lie after lie: This has been her life since coming home last year from Afghanistan — the daily maintenance of a thousand little fictions to keep everyone from finding out what happened over there.
Sandusky penalty paying for agencies that protect children
Midway through her talk with forensic interviewer Mary Bunyard, the 17-year-old provided a crucial detail about the man who abused her.
An investigator watching from another room had the proof needed to corroborate her story. He grabbed a phone, and within minutes the suspect was arrested.
"I came out of the interview and they said, 'We got this guy already,' " Bunyard said.
The Forensic Exams with Transgender Sexual Assault Survivors
The Forensic Exams with Transgender Sexual Assault Survivors webinar is now archived on the FORGE website for anytime viewing! The webinar is free and has several really helpful handouts associated with it. Check it out at this link!
How far would you go to tell a story?
Voices and Faces
Nine years ago, writer and Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream and documentary photographer Patricia Evans embarked on a unique journey. Their goal was to bear witness to the stories of sexual violence survivors who have been shaped – but refuse to be defined – by what has been done to them. Their passion was to put names and faces on an issue that too often leaves its victims silent, and invisible. The resulting book of narrative and photographic profiles, Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors, is now available.
Overcoming communication challenges of EHRs
By Jessica Taylor
The transition to electronic health records can bring some concerns for healthcare providers, including workflow, training, privacy and security. But one of the most important issues is communication, and many clinicians are concerned that using a computer with a patient will hinder communication. To overcome these challenges and make sure your patient has your undivided attention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided five communication behaviors for the integration of EHRs into your practice.
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