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Call for abstract reviewers
Interested in volunteering to serve as an abstract reviewer for the 2014 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice? Are you available between February 8 and Feb. 22, 2014? Review the 2014 Call for Abstract Reviewers and submit your application by Dec. 31 to be considered.
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Election results are in
The Association would like to congratulate those members elected to the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification. The online election was held Nov. 1-30, 2013 through a company called Survey and Ballot.
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Journal of Forensic Nursing
Your newest issue (Vol. 9 Issue 4 — October/December 2013) of the Journal of Forensic Nursing is now available online! Log in to the Member Center and click on the "Access Journal button."

Editor's choice:
Occupational Injury and Fatality Investigations: The Application of Forensic Nursing Science by Colin Harris. In this article Harris, a forensic nurse and an occupational accident investigator in Canada, illustrates the importance of forensic nursing science to workplace.

Readers can earn 2.4 ANCC contact hours by completing the Continuing Education test. Please keep in mind that members of International Association of Forensic Nurses receive a 30 percent discount on all Journal of Forensic Nursing CE. In order to receive the discount, members must access the test through the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ member site. Discounts will appear upon check-out. Access is also available directly through; however members must enter the coupon code ForensicNC on the payment page to receive the 30 percent discount.

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Looking for additional contact hours?
Don't forget about IAFN's Online Learning Center. Archived webinars are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day so you can enhance your education when it’s convenient for you.
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AP Enterprise: Serbia in domestic violence crisis
The Associated Press
There was the time he smashed her head against the concrete floor and collected the gushing blood in a bucket, Mica said, apparently just for fun. And the beating that left a wall so splattered the family spent a whole day repainting it. There were the rapes that left her numb and the insults of "whore" that filled her with helpless rage. She called police again and again. The officers, whenever they turned up, let her husband off with a warning and went away.
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Addressing violence against women in war-torn regions
The World Bank
For the past two decades women’s bodies have become the battlefield as gangs of combatants have committed atrocities in the Democrat Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Dr. Denis Mukwege Mukengere, who recently spoke at a World Bank seminar on sexual and gender-based violence in Eastern DRC.” Mukwege is the Medical Director of the Panzi Referral Hospital in Kivu Province, located in the war weary eastern DRC, where he oversees a successful program for women harmed by sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The Panzi Referral Hospital treats some 3,000 survivors of sexual violence every year, Mukwege said.
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Congress aims to fix military sexual assault crisis
USA Today
Military commanders no longer will have the ability to toss out jury convictions for sexual assault cases under an agreement reached by congressional leaders. The deal includes several changes to the military justice system regarding sexual assault but stops short of the fundamental change of putting those cases in the hands of military prosecutors. That provision, pushed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would have wrested authority from commanders to decide whether a case is prosecuted.
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Feds to investigate UConn's handling of sexual assault reports
The Connecticut Mirror
A federal agency will investigate whether the University of Connecticut responded appropriately when students reported they were sexually assaulted or harassed. A group of UConn students have said that university officials showed them "deliberate indifference" when they reported they'd been assaulted or harassed. The decision to investigate by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights follows the office's finding that the complaint is appropriate for an investigation.
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In spite of new global awareness - child soldiers on the rise in Central African Republic
Catholic Online
UNICEF warns that 2.3 million children have been affected by the ongoing violence and more than 600,000 people have been forced to flee. Instability and chaos is widespread in CAR."There must be no further delay in taking effective action; there can be no excuse for failing the children and families of the Central African Republic," Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director said in a statement. Eighty percent of primary schools in CAR have remain shuttered, leaving 70 percent of primary school aged children out of school. Children who are not in school are the most vulnerable to recruitment, UNICEF warns.
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Brazil's child sex trade soars as 2014 World Cup nears
The Guardian
A tiny figure in minuscule white shorts and a pink strapless top leans against a metal fence outside a school in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, north-east Brazil. She has gloss-coated lips, and her yellow headband, holding back long hair, glows in the lamplight along Juscelino Kubitschek Avenue, which connects the city to the Castelão arena, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup. A car pulls up. The girl climbs in. This is a common scene around the stadium in Fortaleza, considered Brazil's child prostitution capital and a magnet for sex tourism, according to local authorities.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Human trafficking trends in the United States (Polaris Project)
Scholarship applications for the 2014 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program are now being accepted (Nursing Alliance)
Conference scholarships for law enforcement (Office for Justice Programs)
Kenya rape case must bring an end to impunity for violence against women (The Guardian)
Forensic Compliance in Colorado: An Examination of System Response to Sexual Assault (CCASA)

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