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The IAFN Online Learning Center provides online self-paced educational opportunities for forensic nurses and allies. Our catalog features pre-recorded content on a variety of topics and will continue to grow with exciting new educational opportunities.
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Communities struggle to reach homeless students living in the shadows
NPR
It's late afternoon and the day has just ended at a Los Angeles school. Students are making their way toward the parking lot, where a dusty 2001 Ford Taurus stands out among the shiny SUVs filled with waiting parents. Kids walk by and stare. In the back seat of the Taurus, James, a tall 14-year-old in a checkered shirt, smiles. He is familiar with the stares.
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Texas department ineffective at treating youth offenders' root issues
ACEs Connection (opinion)
Samantha Sangenito writes: I first met Mariah two years ago, when I worked as a youth advocate in the Harris County Advocate Program (H-CAP) in Houston. Mariah, 14, was on probation for breaking a classmate’s nose. She was a thin girl whose clothing often reflected the urban, pop-culture uniform of her generation: skinny jeans, slightly sagged of course, and colorful sneakers.
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Criminal law says minors can't consent — but some civil courts disagree
NPR
Protecting young people from sexual predators would seem to be a universally-held value in this country: No state has an age of consent lower than 16. But in some courtrooms, attorneys argue that children can make decisions about whom they have sex with — and in some cases, those attorneys are winning. One of those cases is currently under appeal in California. In 2010, a 28-year old middle-school math teacher began a six-month sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student at his school.
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The case for hiring forensic nurses
FierceHealthcare
Forensic nurses play a critical role in helping victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault, thus making the specialization of the fastest-growing in nursing. Forensic nurses, registered nurses with specialized training to document evidence and patient accounts of abuse, and testify in court if necessary, are being celebrated this week as part of Forensic Nurses Week.
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Students petition for rape kit team on campus
Daily Trojan
In the past few days, an online petition for the Engemann Student Health Center to employ a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner has gained traction among students. The SANE qualification is a forensic specialization for personnel trained to conduct sexual assault exams for rape victims. According to the petition, the nearest location that has these specialists is at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica — a fact that is concerning USC students. Proponents of the petition say that traveling more than 30 minutes to an unfamiliar location can be a burden on victims.
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Coliseum Medical Centers offers forensic nurses for sexual assault patients
WMGT-TV
Coliseum Medical Center in Bibb County, Georgia, is the only hospital in the area offering forensic nurse examiners for sexual assault patients. The nurses are trained to look for specific evidence and ask questions that keep the patient calm. The forensic nurse examiner coordinator at Coliseum, Denise Atkinson, explained victims get uncomfortable with providers who don't have this type of training.
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Human remains found at MH17 site but no wreckage recovery
IBN Live
Dutch forensic experts recovered further human remains at the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, but said they could not yet start salvaging the wreckage. "A small team has recovered body parts at the site after pieces of the wreckage were lifted with a crane," the Dutch defence ministry said in a statement.
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The town of The Dalles, Oregon, remakes itself as a trauma-sensitive sanctuary
ACEs Connection
Tucked into a curve of the Columbia River, which marks the watery border between Washington and Oregon, lies the small town of The Dalles. Its claims to fame include being a major Indian trading site for 10,000 years, a camping spot for Lewis and Clark in 1805, and the terminus of the Oregon Trail. Now The Dalles is seeking a different kind of notoriety. This city of 13,000 is the first in the nation to seek certification from the Sanctuary Institute — a model of organizational change that challenges every part of the community to examine and remake itself through a trauma-informed lens.
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Extensive updates to the Start by Believing Website
Have you been to the Start by Believing website recently? If you haven't, now is a great time to check out the extensive updates to help you launch a campaign.
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Charlottesville, Virginia, bartenders unite to help end sexual assault and violence
WDBJ-TV
Investigators are still trying to piece together how UVA student Hannah Graham died after she spent a night out with friends. In the meantime, businesses are learning what they can do to help stop sexual assault and violence. The quiet and quaint city of Charlottesville is still trying to recover from Graham’s death.
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Depression could finally get as much biomedical attention as cancer
Nature via Scientific American
If the extent of human suffering were used to decide which diseases deserve the most medical attention, then depression would be near the top of the list. More than 350 million people are affected by depression, making it one of the most common disorders in the world. It is the biggest cause of disability, and as many as two-thirds of those who commit suicide have the condition.
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Frederick, Maryland, Memorial Hospital's forensic nursing program assists in violence and abuse cases
Your4State
It is a service many may not know about. It is an effort between hospitals and law enforcement to help patients get to the bottom of a crime involving violence and abuse. "Our goal is not to traumatize or re-traumatize our patients. We have to take it into consideration the medical needs first as a nurse - that is our goal," said Pam Holtzinger, forensic nurse program coordinator.
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Rape survivors getting billed for medical services
WUSA-TV
A week before Christmas 2013: Christine, a sexual assault forensic nurse from suburban Chicago, went out for a night of dinner and drinks with friends. It was a night that forever changed her life. "I don't remember anything after leaving the dinner portion," Christine told CBS News. "I woke up naked and I don't remember anything else after that."
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Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)
The Washington Post
Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles and which I am republishing with her permission, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses and gets angry in class, the one who parents worry will hurt, disrupt and perhaps influence their own children.
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Nurses hope to be 'shining light' for special victims
The Jackson Sun
Molly Britt and 14 other forensic nurses at Jackson-Madison County, Tennessee, General Hospital hope their work will be a shining light on a dark day for victims of sexual assault. Teams of nurses began training to become forensic nurses in 2005, and since then, the team has helped hundreds of men and women get through one of the worst days of their lives.
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Mishandling rape
The New York Times
Our strategy for dealing with rape on college campuses has failed abysmally. Female students are raped in appalling numbers, and their rapists almost invariably go free. Forced by the federal government, colleges have now gotten into the business of conducting rape trials, but they are not competent to handle this job. They are simultaneously failing to punish rapists adequately and branding students sexual assailants when no sexual assault occurred.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Autopsy sheds light on girl's suffering before beating death (WSB-TV)
Jodi Arias defense alleges porn evidence destroyed (Detroit Free Press)
Pentagon sex assault survey raises doubts of accuracy (The Washington Times)
4 ways the courts could better handle sexual assault cases (The Canadian Press - thestar.com)
Where hell is other patients (The New York Times)

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