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Journal of Forensic Nursing Editor's Pick
In this paper, the authors illustrate the extant literature regarding the development of forensic nursing globally, with application of the lessons learned specific to the Brazilian contest. This paper also illustrates the collaborative efforts of authors from both South America and North America.
Esteves, R. B., Lasiuk, G. C., Cardoso, L., & Kent-Wilkinson, A. (2014). Toward the establishment of a forensic nursing specialty in Brazil: An integrative literature review. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(4), 189-198.
JFN Continuing Education Opportunity
The continuing education opportunity in this issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing is based on the article entitled “Debunking Three Rape Myths.” Specifically, that woman who have been sexually assaulted: (1) immediately report the crime; (2) experience severe physical and/or anogenital injuries; and (3) forcefully resist their assailant. IAFN Members can earn 2.5 AACN contact hours for a registration fee of $16.95. Please see http://nursingcenter.com/ce
Carr, M., Thomas, A. J., Atwood, D., Muhar, A., Jarvis, K., & Wewerka, S. S. (2014). Debunking three rape myths. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(4), 217-225.
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Trauma Informed Interviews for Sexual Assault Victims:
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While we receive countless requests for training and resources, one of the most common requests is for information on the neurobiology of trauma and the implications for conducting trauma-informed interviews and investigations. Fortunately, we have a number of resources in this area.
Body of a baby found in sand of Maroubra Beach, Austrailia
Two nippers, aged six and seven, were digging in the dunes at Maroubra Beach when they found the naked body of a baby who had been buried 30 centimeters deep in the sand.
Police said the two boys called for their father when they found the body at the southern end of the beach about 10am.
Eastern Beaches Inspector Andrew Holland said the boys had received counseling and police would take statements from them at a later date.
The military's rough justice on sexual assault
The New York Times
Col. Don Christensen, the chief prosecutor of the United States Air Force, sat in economy class on a flight to Venice and studied the folder of the sexual-assault case that would ultimately end his career. It was August 2012, and he was en route to Aviano Air Base to try a court-martial. Looking over the case, he could see why the judge advocate general, or JAG, at the base had requested him. Christensen had prosecuted more sexual-assault courts-martial than any other lawyer in the Air Force, and this case called for someone with experience. There would most likely be generals testifying.
Visualizing the most neglected disease: Mental illness
Mental illness is one of the leading causes of disability around the world – and has been for at least the last 25 years.
While many communicable diseases have been shrinking in terms of the number of people they affect over the last two decades, the global burden of mental illness has largely remained the same. All forms of mental illness – including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia – account for nearly a quarter of all disability worldwide, and cause the most disability for those in the most productive age demographic, from 15 to 39 years old.
Debunking three rape myths
Stereotypes and prejudicial misconceptions are prevalent regarding sexual assaults and victims' responses. These are collectively referred to as rape myths. This study examines three rape myths purporting that sexual assault victims (1) immediately report the crime, (2) experience severe physical and/or anogenital injuries, and (3) forcefully resist their assailant.
Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Nov. 25
Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development made the following statement:
Discrimination and violence against women continues around the world, in all societies and regions. Women are harassed, raped, mutilated, beaten or murdered, even in their own homes. In the EU, one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15.
DNA from three on underwear
Taranaki Daily News via Stuff.co.nz
A forensics specialist has told the court he found DNA from three different males on a rape complainant's underwear, but it could not be proved whether or not they belonged to the defendants.
The specialist was one of a number of witnesses who gave evidence to the High Court at New Plymouth in a case where a schoolgirl was allegedly raped and sexually violated by two teens at a party in Oakura in October last year.
Two 19-year-olds from New Plymouth are facing a jury trial.
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Sexual assault victim awarded $1.5 million
A Canadian jury has awarded $1.5 million to a woman raped by a friend in a university dorm room more than seven years ago.
Justin Bisson was convicted in 2008 of sexual assault and sentenced to nine months in jail for the May 2007 attack at Laurentian University in Sudbury.
As part of a civil suit, he was ordered to pay his victim to cover her lost wages, medical expenses and counselling in the aftermath of the assault.
Interventions to prevent or reduce violence against women and girls: A systematic review of reviews
Arango D.J, Morton M, Gennari F et. al. Women’s Voice and Agency Research Series, No.10, 2014
Autopsy fraud found in Michael Brown case
CNN reports that the so-called medical examiner, Shawn Parcells, who operates a for-hire autopsy company out of Kansas City is not a real "Dr." He doesn't hold a medical degree of any type. Yet, the Brown family’s attorney hired him to assist in an independent autopsy on Michael Brown with Dr. Michael M. Baden. It was Parcells claim that demonstrated that Brown had been (a) shot in the back and (b) shot with his hands in the air in a position of surrender.
Cosby testified tabloid spiked sexual-assault story in a deal
Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser’s story.
Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby’s deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he feared the public would believe her sexual-assault accusations if the Enquirer published similar claims by Beth Ferrier. Both women accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them.
The history of campus sexual assault
"Male sex aggression on a university campus" was the title of one of the first studies published about a topic now very much in the news. Way back in 1957, sociologist Eugene Kanin posited a model where men used secrecy and stigma to pressure and exploit women.
Today student activists and the federal government are successfully raising awareness about a problem that's been around for a very long time. By most accounts, one in five female college students will be assaulted.
Why we need to abandon the disease-model of mental healthcare
The idea that our more distressing emotions such as grief and anger can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses is pervasive and seductive. But in my view it is also a myth, and a harmful one. Our present approach to helping vulnerable people in acute emotional distress is severely hampered by old-fashioned, inhumane and fundamentally unscientific ideas about the nature and origins of mental health problems.
Investigators release reconstructive photo of woman found dead in 1982, hoping it leads to ID
The Associated Press via The Star Tribune
Investigators have released a new reconstructive photo of a woman found dead in the Milwaukee, Minnesota, River three decades ago, hoping it finally leads to her identity.
An off-duty Wauwatosa firefighter was checking his docked boat when he found the body on March 16, 1982. Investigators say the body may have been in the river for as long as three months. The death was ruled an accidental drowning, but investigators were never able to identify her, and she became known as Jane Doe 1982.
Oklahoma schools to have sexual assault curriculum
Norman schools Superintendent Joe Siano says a task force studying a comprehensive sexual assault curriculum will be expanded.
The announcement in a letter to The Norman Transcript comes days after hundreds of Norman High School students walked out of class to protest the alleged bullying of three girls who reported being raped.
Lack of rape kits near college campuses causes stir
Recent media reports have raised questions about the conspicuous absence of rape kit examinations near some college campuses, but the University of Northern Colorado’s police chief says students in Greeley have ready access to the kits.
Kenyan lawyers demand the prosecution of men who publicly strip women
Kenya's bar association is calling for the prosecution of men who publicly strip women because of the way they dress.
"The ongoing brutality that is stripping our women in public for allegedly dressing in an indecent manner must be brought to an end," Eric Mutua, chairman of the Law Society of Kenya, said in a statement.
Ottawa nurse: The Royal needs to protect RNs at Brockville forensic unit
An Ottawa nurse is welcoming an interim Ontario Labour Board decision that forced the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to hire trained security guards to protect nurses from violent patients at the Brockville Mental Health Centre’s forensic unit.
The ruling handed down Wednesday comes after a serious attack at the forensic psychiatric ward on Oct. 10 in which a patient repeatedly stabbed a female nurse in the head and neck with a pen, nearly hitting her carotid artery.
UN General Assembly to adopt historic resolution on child, early and forced marriage
Girls Not Brides
Child marriage holds back 15 million girls a year, or about 41,000 a day, denying them fundamental rights and undermining their future. If there is no reduction in child marriage, 1.2 billion girls will marry as children by 2050 – equivalent to the entire population of India.
When police officers sat down with a community they hardly knew ...
The Atlantic City Lab
The events in Ferguson over the last few months have highlighted the troubled relationship mostly white police forces can have with the minority communities they're supposed to serve. Too often, the two groups just don't understand each other.
How a mattress became a symbol for student activists against sexual assault
The Washington Post
The girl with the mattress leans her navy blue burden against the wall of her statistics classroom, then settles into a chair. The professor, pacing, does a double take when he runs into it, but doesn’t say anything. Her classmates barely glance up — they have a test.
Raindrops accumulated during the walk from the student center to the School of Public Affairs building slip down the mattress’s plastic, bed bug-proof coating, puddling on the classroom carpet. The professor begins his lecture.
Criminal law says minors can't consent — But some civil courts disagree
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.
Alert faulted in Montana State rape investigation
Great Falls Tribune
The timing of a campus-wide alert at Montana State University following two reports of fraternity house rapes in a single weekend last year might have interfered with the police investigation into what happened, Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert told campus police in a recent letter.
The campus-wide alert could have interfered with witness testimony or led to destruction or loss of evidence, Lambert wrote campus police Oct. 9.
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