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Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) backs greater role for sexual assault nurse examiners in defense bill

As the Senate debates legislation this week to reauthorize national defense programs, NPWH joined other nursing organizations to support an amendment to ensure that forensic evidence is properly collected and that trained personnel are available to care for victims of sexual assault in the military. In a Nov. 20 letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1197), NPWH and other groups endorsed establishing consistent training standards for personnel performing forensic exams on assault victims and requiring at least one sexual assault forensic examiner is available at every military medical treatment facility. The bill will likely be considered after Congress’ Thanksgiving holiday recess. more

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