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In this Thanksgiving edition, the leadership and staff want to take a moment to reflect on the wonderful efforts and accomplishments of the members, volunteers, partners, exhibitors and sponsors that we have had the pleasure of working with this past year. If not for the work you do, our efforts would be without purpose.
Thank you to all IAFN members who voted in this year's election. I am encouraged by your participation and look forward to a successful 2018. Thank you to all the candidates for your willingness to serve. The results for the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification are as follows:
IAFN BOARD OF DIRECTORS — TERM TO BEGIN JANUARY 2018:
NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER
- President Elect:
Sara Jennings, DNP, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC | Virginia, USA
Jana French, MS, BSN, SANE-A | Washington D.C., USA
- Director(s) at Large:
Shalotta Sharp, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P | Mississippi, USA
Sheila Macdonald, MSN, SANE-A | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nancy Downing, PhD, RN, SANE-A, CP-SANE | Texas, USA
COMMISSION FOR FORENSIC NURSING CERTIFICATION (CFNC)
- Catherine Carter-Snell, PhD, RN, SANE-A | Calgary, Alberta, Canada
A complete list of the Board of Directors for 2018 will be posted to the IAFN website in January. If you have any questions or concerns please contact IAFN President, Liz Louden
- Pam Holtzinger, MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FNE A/P | Maryland, USA
- Karen Carroll, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, NY-SAFE | New York, USA
- Priscilla Simms-Roberson, DNP, NP-C, SANE-A | Tennessee, USA
I am pleased to inform you that the September 2017 Exam results were mailed on Nov. 13. Please expect your results soon! If you do not receive your packet by late November, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Best wishes!
The SANE-A and SANE-P certification exams are offered twice per year. The next certification exams will be offered April 1- 30, 2018. The application window for the April 2018 exam will open in early 2018.
To learn more about SANE certification, please visit our site to access our helpful video tutorials, handbooks, and eligibility requirements.
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Aimee Falkenberg said her goal is to be able to give back every day for a year.
Since 2013, Falkenberg and her family have been collecting backpacks and purses in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area and filling the purses and backpacks with toiletries and pyjamas, which she then donates to the homeless and to a local shelter.
A social media hashtag “MeToo” started earlier this fall and it’s empowering assault victims to speak up.
“It is a powerful movement and we need to continue the momentum,” said Julie Kneuker, Crisis Specialist.
“We’ll meet those patients where ever they are and do whatever they need,” said Caryn Bankenship, Sexual assault nurse examiner at Doctors Hospital.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.
Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms, as stated by the UN Secretary-General, in his latest report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Wind City Times
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) released its report today on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016. The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate partner violence ( IPV ) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states across the country, including California, Texas, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont, and Missouri.
Nearly 2 out of 3 cases of sexual assault in the U.S. go unreported. A recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that fears of discrimination and unfair treatment by courts prevent Native Americans from reporting these crimes. Wyoming Public Radio reporter Melodie Edwards joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss the issue.
The GW Hatchet
The student health center does not offer DNA testing after a student has been sexually assaulted, which experts say could make it harder for students to have documented physical evidence in a future trial or judicial hearing.
Rape kits, which allow medical professionals to collect forensic evidence from sexual assault survivors, are not available at the Colonial Health Center.
In the wake of a wave of national news stories about sexual assault, Littleton Adventist Hospital and Porter Adventist Hospital are informing the public about a hospital program that offers victims of sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence compassionate medical care while gathering evidence that can assist in bringing their attackers to justice.
U.S. Department of Justice
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the United States Department
of Justice (DOJ). Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence Against
Women Act (VAWA)
and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of sexual assault,
domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has supported a
multifaceted approach to responding to these crimes through implementation of grant programs
authorized by VAWA. By forging state, local, and
tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors,
judges, victim advocates, health care providers,
faith leaders, organizations that serve culturally
specific and under
communities, and others,
OVW grants help provide victims, across
their life span,
with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while
improving communities’ capacity to provide justice for victims and hold offenders accountable
The Pentagon released data on sexual assault in the military from 2013 to 2016. Reports of sexual assault rose considerably during that time, from 3,604 cases in 2012 to 6,172 in 2016.
However, increased reports does not always mean increased incidents of sexual assault, as the Department of Defense estimates one-half to two-thirds of sexual assaults in the military go unreported.
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