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Dear Members:
As we approach the last week of November, our family is celebrating the birthday of our oldest daughter. I remember so clearly the feeling of joy, awe and gratitude my husband and I felt with her arrival after a scary, complicated delivery. We were enthralled with this 6 pound 6 ounce bundle who looked at us with dreamy “hi there” eyes. We, of course, had no idea whatsoever what the next four decades would be like as her parents. Now, she is a mother herself and I hear my “mother” words coming out of her mouth when she interacts with her daughter. Pretty scary huh!
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FORENSIC NURSES UPDATES


New Clinical Skills Trainings Listed
All facilities are responsible for setting their own dates and times for training and will charge for training separate from the Association.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Female police recruits forced into 'virginity tests' in Indonesia
The Washington Times
Indonesia authorities deny it, but Human Rights Watch says it’s true — that female police recruits in the nation are forced to endure painful tests to make sure they’re virgins. An ad on the police force’s website reads: “All women who want to become policewomen should keep their virginity,” Time reported.
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How NIJ is building the nation's research infrastructure
National Institute of Justice
In 2013, a team of doctoral students at Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics won NIJ's Body Armor Challenge, which sought ways to determine how long body armor maintains its viability. The problem had been that testing body armor being used in the field by shooting a bullet into it destroyed the armor. The Purdue students proposed a solution called the Vibration Energy Signature Test.
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Researcher develops an injectable antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning
Medical Xpress
When Joseph Roderique was a first-year student in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, he had an idea for an injectable antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning. It was a big idea, one that could have dramatic and wide-ranging results if he could make it work. One day, Roderique decided to find a lab where he could pursue his brainchild. Starting on the 10th floor of Sanger Hall, he began to knock on the doors of lab directors and pitch them his idea and preliminary research.
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Paper Tigers trailer ... a peek into documentary about Lincoln High School
ACEs Connection
Documentary filmmaker James Redford released the trailer for Paper Tigers, a documentary that follows four teens who attend Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington. Lincoln was the first high school in the country to integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices, which resulted in an 85 percent decline in suspensions and a 40% decline in expulsions after the first year. After four years, suspensions had dropped 90 percent, expulsions dropped to zero, and graduation rates increased five-fold.
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Survey request: World homicide survey
Two years ago the University of Montréal started the World Homicide Survey, a research project financed by the Canadian government, that aims to collect new information on crime, the criminal justice system and homicide in all countries of the world. Last year 366 respondents (now than 500) from 93 different countries took part, but more respondents and more countries are needed for this study. The ideal respondents are professors, graduate students and various professionals who have a basic knowledge of the crime problem or the criminal justice system in their country.

You are invited to contribute to the growing data base that will provide new and unique data on all countries of the world. The questionnaire is available here and takes 8 minutes to complete. The survey is available in English, Spanish and French. Next year, all respondents will be contacted to see if they would like to contribute to a book chapter about violence and homicide in their country, and respondents will also be invited to an international conference on violence and homicide to be held in Montreal. Responses confidentiality is guaranteed and only aggregated information per country will ever be published or transferred to other researchers. Please disseminate this request widely

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Psychosocial and mental health interventions in areas of mass violence: A community-based approach
Médecins Sans Frontières, 2011
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started mental health and psychosocial interventions in 1990 with a community-based programme in Gaza (Palestine). Since the early 1990s, MSF has implemented psychosocial or mental health interventions in over 40 countries worldwide. The interventions covered various aspects of mental health in different contexts such as acute emergencies, the effects of (acute) trauma, primary healthcare, adaptation and chronic stress -related complaints, psychosocial support to improve outcomes in nutrition, TB and HIV programmes, and psychiatric care in institutions.
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Australia gets new facility to study decomposing bodies
ABC
For the first time, Australian forensic scientists are getting their own research facility to study decomposing human bodies. It will be the first of its kind outside the United States. Until now, researchers have had to use data from America, where so-called 'body farms' have been used for decades. Forensics experts say they'll now be able to conduct vital research to help with police investigations.
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Colorado shortage of specialist rape-examination nurses spurs recruitment
Aurora Sentinel
In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, victims are often faced with a second trauma: A medical exam that can be so intrusive, it brings the horror of the attack rushing back. Leni Sutton, a sexual assault nurse examiner at Littleton Adventist Hospital, in Colorado, said the exam can be difficult for victims and the nurses who conduct it, but it is a crucial first step toward healing.
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It's on us to go beyond 'It's On Us'
Feministing
The White House’s flashy new bystander intervention campaign, It’s On Us, makes sexual assault sound a lot like a bad thunderstorm — unfortunate, inevitable, striking seemingly out of nowhere, and devoid of human agents. The solution, then, is easy and comfortable: “Identify situations in which [a-tornado-I-mean-sexual-assault] may occur” and guide your friend to safety; remember: “If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.”
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DNA leads to arrest of man accused of raping 101-year-old woman
WTMJ-FM
For the second time in state history, the DNA of a relative has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for sexual assault. 24-year-old Antoine Pettis, of Milwaukee, was charged after he was identified by familial DNA. Pettis later admitted to entering the home of a 101-year-old woman on September 1 and sexually assaulting her.
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Forensic medical exam helps catch suspect in park sexual assault
KAKE-TV
Via Christi's team of Sexaul Assault Nurse Examiners or "SANE" is helping treat the 36-year-old woman who was raped, beaten and set on fire last week in Fairmount Park. The Wichita police chief says it was evidence collected in their forensic medical exam that linked investigators to a suspect in the case. He didn't elaborate on the type of evidence.
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Indonesia's 'discriminatory, cruel and degrading' test for female police recruits
CNN
The Indonesian police continue to use a "degrading" invasive physical test to check for female recruits virginity, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has claimed. A manual examination is used to physically check for an intact hymen in the recruits, the report alleges. It is, according to the report, a long-standing part of the health check that women must undergo to be accepted onto the force.
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Preventing child sexual abuse within youth-serving organizations: Getting ztarted on policies and procedures
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organizations that work with children and youth must strive to create safe environments for youth, employees, and volunteers so that young people can grow, learn and have fun. It is vital that youth-serving organizations create a culture where child sexual abuse is discussed, addressed, and prevented.
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Studying the effects of sexual assault
Battle Creek Enquirer
To Pam Wadsworth’s way of thinking, the subject of sexual assault has been analyzed and studied and debated in every way imaginable — except one. “How do women who have experienced sexual assault find well-being?” she said. “Nobody has really looked at the whole picture. How does their spiritual life change? How do relationships change? There’s not a lot of research with the women themselves. There aren’t a lot of studies that ask them how they feel.”
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We're number 1 and that's not good
ACE's Connection
We are now number one in child homelessness; one in thirty kids – 2.5 million American children, experienced homelessness last year. Many states don’t offer children insurance, Crisis nurseries, daycare, prenatal care, or healthcare – and parental leave for new babies is off the table in half the nation. The U.S. is well known for having the highest child poverty rates, STD rates, juvenile crime and preteen pregnancy rates among the advanced nations.
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Study: Trauma follows children into adulthood, threat to public health
New America Media
Past experiences of childhood trauma are common among California adults, and those experiences correlate with harmful behaviors and chronic disease at a level that constitutes a “public health crisis,” according to a new study. The report by the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), a health organization that serves children and families in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point district, demonstrates that "the effects of early adversity on lifetime health are astounding,” according to CYW founder and CEO Nadine Burke Harris.
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Vail Daily letter: SANE program needed
Vail Daily
It is of great concern that the Vail Valley Medical Center lacks the ability to help women involved in a rape crisis. I became aware of the VVMC’s inability to collect forensic data following an attack, after hearing that the woman involved in the alleged rape by an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy had to be taken to Summit County to be seen by a registered SANE nurse. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has been specially educated and trained to provide comprehensive care to adult and child survivors of sexual assault, as well as suspects,and to provide expert testimony in a court of law.
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The emotional and financial burdens of sexual assault
The Washington Post via The Salt Lake Tribune
In 2008, Wagatwe Wanjuki reported to her school, Tufts, that her boyfriend had repeatedly assaulted her. But the college refused to investigate the claim. The stress of the abuse and institutional betrayal took a toll on her grades, but without the school’s support she could not afford the tutoring she needed. Tufts then expelled Wanjuki for her substandard academic performance in 2009.
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Sarah DeGue discusses the recent article 'A Systematic Review of Primary Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence Perpetration'
Prevent Connect
In this podcast, DeGue highlights how this report can support prevention practitioners, including considering evidence based and promsiing programs and using the 9 principles of effective prevention.
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Join the Twitter Teach-in!
16 Days Campaign invites NGOs, activists, and the greater online community to join a Twitter teach-in during the Campaign exploring the intersectional nature of gender-based violence (GBV) and how militarism intensifies GBV for diverse marginalized identities. Identities discussed will include race, ethnicity, caste, sexuality, socioeconomic, transgender, and indigenous status, and more. Groups from around the world will be participating and welcome your input. Visit the 16 Days Campaign website to see the full schedule of teach-ins. Follow @16DaysCampaign and @CWGL_Rutgers on Twitter and use #16Days and #GBVteachin to join the conversations.
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Nurses collect evidence to help solve rape case
KWCH-TV
In a press conference, Wichita, Kansas, Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park. The program, located at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, started 20 years ago. The goal was to provide more education and training in how to handle patients of sexual assault.
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America's Youngest Outcasts
Homeless Children America
America's Youngest Outcasts documents the number of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy efforts. Using findings from numerous sources that include well-established national data sets as well as our own research, we rank the states in four domains, and then develop a composite of these domains to rank the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst).
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Despite millions spent fix problem rape kit backlog still exists
WOAI-TV
On our streets of Texas and in our neighborhoods we face a criminal epidemic. But it's not murder, drugs or drive-by gang shootings. It's rape and the numbers are staggering. On average, in Bexar County alone, forty-six-hundred people are raped every year. That's thirteen new victims a day. But it's estimated eighty percent of those victims will never report the crime. "It's really a difficult and complex crime because it has such a stigma," says Miriam Elizondo, Co-Executive Director for the Rape Crisis Center in San Antonio. "People associate rape with sex and they have nothing to do with each other."
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Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women
UNICEF, UNFPA
Violence against women and girls is a pervasive violation of human rights that persists worldwide and cuts across all socio-economic groups. This new collaborative study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the magnitude, nature and context of violence experienced specifically by indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. Drawing on examples from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, the study assesses the interface between the historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of indigenous peoples, and examines the types of violence they face, their prevalence and the settings in which they take place.
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Forensic nurses working with victims of sexual assaults see rise
CTV
From collecting fingernail scrapings, swabbing for DNA and recording attack wounds, forensic nurses help ensure the integrity of forensic evidence, while providing special care to victims of sexual assault. In Manitoba, they're busier than ever. “Right now, we're averaging approximately 40 patients a month which is higher than we're used to seeing,” said Ashley Smith, forensic nurse with Winnipeg’s sexual assault.
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Not just a girls' problem: The economic impact of menstrual shame
The Guardian
“During our periods, we used to have to clean our sleeping areas with leaves and weren’t allowed to enter the house,” says 12-year-old Sushila who lives in Gorkha district, central Nepal. “Now, we can sleep in our beds. We must be open about menstruation.” When Sushila first got her period, she had to stay home from school for 11 days. She wasn’t allowed to touch books.
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You asked: Does laughing have real health benefits?
TIME
It may not be the best medicine. But laughter’s great for you, and it may even compare to a proper diet and exercise when it comes to keeping you healthy and disease free. More Your Emotional IQ Predicts How Much You’ll MakeThe Most Surprising Tool for Transforming Your BodyFSU Shooter Left Message: 'I Do Not Want to Die in Vain' NBC NewsNew Snow Dangers as Buffalo Tries to Dig Out NBC NewsFlorida Nurse Latest to Accuse Cosby of Forced Sex NBC News That’s according to Dr. Lee Berk, an associate professor at Loma Linda University in California who has spent nearly three decades studying the ways the aftershocks of a good laugh ripple through your brain and body.
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