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IAFN Foundation Seeking 3 Board Members
The Foundation has opened its Call for Applications to fill 3 open board positions beginning Jan. 1. Terms are 3 years and selected by the existing Foundation Board. Please consider applying. Deadline is Oct. 30.
NEW SAFEta website makeover
The SAFEta.org website, hosted by IAFN through the SAFEta project, has undergone a major "makeover". More powerful graphics and some exciting new content await you! the website has been providing resources, information and education for those who are serving sexual assault patients since 2006- Have you checked it out recently? Take a look and let us know how you like it! And — SAFETa is now on Twitter — you can follow that @SAFE_TA
See you there!
Webinar: Pregnancy and IPV
Professionals providing medical care to American Indian or Alaska Native patients in the United States are invited to join the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project for a webinar on Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence on Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. ET. Registration information is available at http://www.tribalforensichealthcare.org/.
The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Still Time to Register for the Touch DNA webinar on Oct. 8
Registration is open for the Touch DNA webinar being offered on Oct. 8, 2014 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Don't miss out on your chance to watch this exciting update on the latest forensic science advances in this area! Presented by Dr. William Green, Jill Spriggs, from ASCLAD and Julie Valentine from Brigham Young University — this event is sure to intrigue you!
Forensic Nursing Excellence — Recognition Form
Members of the International Association of Forensic Nurses witness their colleagues perform exceptional community outreach. We want to recognize these outstanding forensic nurses and need your help. Help IAFN recognize a member today!
Team will help victims in Langley and in Fraser Valley, Canada
Fraser Health is the first health authority in Canada to form a specialized healthcare team to respond to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
In 2013, this team received a civil forfeiture grant from the Ministry of Justice to develop an online learning module to better aid emergency healthcare professionals to identify and help victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
A one hour online learning module, called “Human Trafficking - Help, Don’t Hinder,” developed by Fraser Health Forensic Nurse Examiners, has been launched to staff.
HBCUs move to address campus sexual assaults, but is it enough?
When it comes to studying sexual violence, college surveys often don't include students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. But one major study found sexual assaults are lower on those campuses than others.
Some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to openly address the issue of campus rape.
Of the 100 HBCUs in the country, Morgan State University in Baltimore ranks in the top 15 for academics.
Webinar from the National Center for Victims of Crime: The Lost Victims
This webinar will provide a trauma informed approach to juvenile justice, presented by Latera Davis, Victim Services Director at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
When: Oct. 7, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)
Where: Your computer
Will your lifestyle hurt your grandchildren?
Laura Gaydos couldn't believe her own eyes. Excited but unsure, she pulled other people into the lab on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, to see if they could see what she thought she had just seen.
What they saw was the first visual confirmation of one of the most fundamental tenets of a new field that is revolutionizing the world of biology. The powerful microscope revealed clear evidence that scars from environmental stresses can be passed on from one generation to the next and probably to many generations that follow.
Nurses take part in specialized sexual violence training
Thirty nurses from around the state are at WITC in Ashland receiving specialized training in forensic nursing to help better address the needs of victims of sexual assault.
The training covers evidence collection, anatomy and physiology of assessing a patient, working with law enforcement and testifying in court among other things.
AG candidate Schimel proposes date-rape drug test kits on campuses
Republican candidate for attorney general Brad Schimel laid out a plan for combating crimes against women that includes providing date rape drug test kits to colleges.
He said he would also have the State Crime Laboratory prioritize cases when date rape drugs are suspected; push for a law that would allow victims and witnesses who report assaults to avoid charges for possessing minor drugs or alcohol; and create a program for law enforcement to get certified in handling sensitive crimes.
Connecting the dots: An overview of the links among multiple forms of violence
This brief shares research on connections between different forms of violence and describes how these connections affect communities.
What does a trauma-informed NFL look like? Wives, children aren't abused; teams keeps players on the field
Many people are happy that the Vikings kicked Adrian Peterson off the team and that Ray Rice can no longer play for the Ravens. Their off-field violence has cascaded into harm and loss for everyone involved – spouses, children, team, league and fans — all because of the consequences of their childhood trauma. And the only way the NFL can stop further abuse, harm and loss is ... well ... to deal with its players’ childhood trauma.
Medical examiner, forensic services approved by commission
Following a review of other options, Washington County commissioners approved a new agreement with East Tennessee State University to provide medical examiner and death investigator services.
While Mayor Dan Eldridge’s appointment of Dr. Karen Cline-Parhamovich as the new medical examiner preceded the resolution for the agreement on the agenda, Commissioner Matthew Morris made a motion to lay the issue on the table until a discussion of the contract with ETSU was held. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Robbie Tester and passed with unanimous approval.
Pennsylvania woman blamed for her own rape in state response to lawsuit
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is blaming a former state prison clerk for her own rape, in response to a federal lawsuit the woman filed.
The 24-year-old typist was working at the state prison at Rockview in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, when she was attacked in 2013. She was choked unconscious and raped for 27 minutes by inmate Omar Best, who had been convicted three times previously of sex-related crimes, and then been transferred from a different state prison for assaulting a female assistant there.
Ill-judged words can often add to the pain and horror of rape
Education is the way forward in preventing sexual violence in our society. The words we use can offer comfort and support, but they can also do great harm.
When it comes to the crime of rape, we all need to be mindful of the language we use. This is not about political correctness.
Colombia wants more convictions for violence against women
Reuters via Trust.org
New guidelines will help Colombian forensic experts and prosecutors investigating violence against women and femicide to win more convictions and reduce the high rate of murders of women, government officials say.
Of the 637 women killed in Colombia so far this year, 83 were femicides - defined as the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender.
Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This is what has happened in the 5 months since
The Huffington Post
On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors' accounts.
Instead, more than 270 of the schoolgirls found themselves in the clutches of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
In Brazil, the World Cup is over but the sexual violence continues
The Huffington Post
A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.
Childhood sexual abuse and suicide
American Association for Suicidology
This factsheet summarises child abuse and suicide statistics in the United States from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women
World Health Organization
These guidelines aim to provide evidence based guidance to healthcare providers on the appropriate responses to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women, including clinical interventions and emotional support.
Neglect, abuse and violence against older women
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
This report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about the abuse of older women. The main forms or categories of abuse against older women are discussed, particularly in relation to differing definitions of neglect, abuse and violence against women and older adults.
'Yes Means Yes' law means far more than simply preventing rape
By Lauren Swan
Women often feel like they are in a constant uphill battle when it comes to rape culture. Too many times we hear stories regarding a woman who was raped while drunk or drugged, or perhaps she didn't say "no" forcefully enough.
Women must be careful continuously, everywhere we go, and there are always questions in the back of our minds: "What if I get raped? Will anyone believe me? How would I prove it? What if no one believes me?" It's a weighing thought that is most always present, and it takes a toll on how we view the world around us.
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