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B.C. nurses face daily violence from child forensic patients: Crossroads nurse Jewels Bainbridge says she was punched in the face several times
A CBC News investigation has uncovered a history of violations of occupational health and safety regulations and a disturbing list of injuries to staff at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre in Burnaby.
Mystery of the incan mummy: Cracks in skull suggest she died after her head was smashed
Evidence of a brutal murder has been found after forensic analysis on 1,600 year-old mummy discovered in South America’s Atacama Desert.
South Africa to fight crime with new DNA law
The Washington Post
“Nobody told me about crime-scene DNA,” said 37-year-old Mdluli, whose assailant was arrested but later released. “From watching TV, I thought they were going to ask for my clothes, but nobody asked.”
Filicide: A 32 year analysis of parents murdering their kids
Times of India
The horrifying instances are often poorly understood, but a recent study provides the first comprehensive statistical overview of the tragic phenomenon.
Sexual assault reports surge in US military
Reports of sexual assaults in the U.S. military jumped 60 percent last year, but officials said Wednesday the surge shows victims have more confidence their cases will be taken seriously.
Alaska nurses train to become forensic nurse examiners
Finding enough qualified nurses who can perform forensic examinations for sex assault victims is problematic across the country. Each year, Providence Alaska Medical Center hosts didactic training sessions for nurses interested in gaining the specialized skill sets to use rape kits when victims choose to come forward. Nurses have to complete a 40-hour training session before they can work in the Forensic Nursing Services department. Tara Henry, who has served as a forensic nurse examiner for 18 years in Alaska says the job has a high burnout rate.
New research finds positive health technique for stressed nurses
Within the healthcare industry and beyond, daily exposure to stress can lead to negative consequences for employees both on and off the job – from apathy and burnout to physical illness or mental impairments. New Open Access research published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health suggests the implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program can reduce employee stress and burnout.
British Columbia takes action to keep child forensic nurses safe
A CBC News investigation into violence against nurses at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre in Burnaby, B.C., has prompted provincial officials to immediately improve safety. CBC News uncovered a history of occupational health and safety violations, as well as a disturbing list of injuries to staff, on the Crossroads unit at the Maples.
B.C. nurses face daily violence from child forensic patients
B.C. nurses endure 10 'code whites' a day for aggression
Study: One-third of E.U. women suffer abuse
A comprehensive and damning report published Wednesday revealed the “extensive” levels of abuse faced by women across the 28-member states in the European Union. Published by the E.U. Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the survey of 42,000 women aged 18-74 across the E.U. found a third of women in Europe (62 million) had suffered a physical or sexual assault. 1 in 10 women also said they had experienced some kind of sexual violence from an adult by the time they reached 15. Another 1 in 10 had experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
Sexual assault victims make powerful case to adopt 'Jessica's Law'
At the Colorado state Capitol lawmakers have introduced two versions of a bill to make sure child sex offenders spend time in prison. Each party has its own version of the bill. Right now Colorado is one of only a few states without a form of “Jessica’s Law.” The issue has become strangely political. Republicans introduced a Jessica’s Law bill last year and Democrats killed it. Then, this year, the Democrats came up with their own version. So there are dueling Jessica’s Laws. Their intent the same — to increase prison sentences for the worst of the worst offenders.
Officials testify on links between suicide, PTSD, sexual assault
U.S. Department of Defense
Defense Department officials testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee on the relationship between military sexual assault survivors and the subsequent development of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Karen S. Guice, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, was joined by Jacqueline Garrick, director of DOD’s suicide prevention program, and Nathan Galbreath, senior executive advisor for DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
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