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Forensic Nurses on the Hill
The Senate passed a measure Monday that would expand protections for victims of sexual assault in the military. Lawmakers passed 97-0 a bill (S 1917) sponsored by Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that would build on provisions she helped insert in the fiscal 2014 defense authorization law (PL 113-66).
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Foundation Scholarship Program is now accepting applications
It is once again time to apply for the Association's Foundation Scholarship. The Foundation Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for members and other forensic nurses from around the world who might otherwise be unable to attend the organization’s annual International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.
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Legislature passes bill to monitor evidence
Legislation to regulate and improve the training of nurses who collect forensic evidence in sexual assault cases was passed by West Virginia Legislature.
The Nursing Community presents: 'Speaking with One Voice: Coordinated Messages Matter' Webinar
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [PHSA]). President Lyndon Johnson’s signed these programs into law through the Nurse Training Act of 1964 on Sept. 4.
Schools sexual assault shock
Although cases of sexual assault remain significantly higher among schoolgirls, more boy pupils are falling victim to sexual assault.
Improving daily health communication with patients
By Cynthia Sheppard Solomon
We do a lot of "live" activities in our daily encounters with patients — evaluating lab results, health screens, potential drug interactions. Afterward, we often speak with the patient to reinforce how he or she currently views expectations and possible side effects of prescribed medicines. Each of these activities provides a heightened level of safety to our patients. So are we doing a good job these days?
Centers for rape survivors sought
Times of India
Rape is a symptom of moral degradation of the contemporary society and the state government should come to the aid of rape survivors by establishing one-stop crisis centers at the panchayat and block levels, said program manager, ActionAid, Keerti here. To press the demand for such centers, several organizations working for better treatment to rape survivors and superior collection of forensic evidences will launch a statewide campaign commencing on Saturday. Justice Usha Mehra Commission had made recommendations to this effect.
Violence against women 'pandemic' in Mexico
So many teenage girls turned up dead in a vacant field on the outskirts of Mexico City that people nicknamed it the "women's dumping ground." They began showing up in 2006, usually left among piles of garbage. Some were victims of domestic violence, others of drug gangs that have seized control of entire neighborhoods in the gritty town of Ecatepec, northeast of the capital. The lot has since been cleared and declared an ecological reserve. But its grisly past is not forgotten and the killings have only accelerated.
100 serial rapists identified after rape kits from Detroit Crime Lab are finally processed
"I was in shock. I was outraged and I just assumed kits were being tested," said actress Mariska Hargitay about the thousands of rape kits in Detroit and across the country that have been left sitting in storage without being processed, allowing rapists to remain free to attack again. And they often do. Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to announce legislation that will soon be introduced to state lawmakers that is aimed at setting guidelines and deadlines for rape kits tests to be processed.
Old crimes can't elude new DNA science
The 82-year-old woman was walking her dog in the alley behind her Minneapolis home in November 1996 when a stranger raped and beat her. She died 12 years later, her assailant never having been caught. Then, in 2011, DNA tests yielded a hit. A suspect, Kevin Quinton Haynes, was arrested last summer and now awaits trial. The woman’s case is one of hundreds that Minneapolis police and Hennepin County investigators and prosecutors — armed with scientific advances that now allow the most minute traces of evidence to be tested — are pursuing with new vigor.
Students criticize lack of on-campus 'rape kits'
The Daily Californian
When a UC Berkeley student is sexually assaulted and reports the crime to police, the collection of biological evidence does not start at the campus health center but in a hospital in the next city over. Along with all UC health clinics, UC Berkeley’s Tang Center does not provide medical forensic exams or evidence collection kits, often colloquially called “rape kits.” Instead, student survivors of sexual assault are typically escorted by police to Oakland’s Highland Hospital, the primary trauma center for Alameda County, whose staff carries out approximately 250 forensic exams per year.
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