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Forensic Nurses Week 2013
The International Association of Forensic Nurses joins in the celebration of Forensic Nurses Week, from Nov. 11 to 15, which seeks to highlight the important work and contribution made by practitioners in the field. The nurses provide exceptional care every day to men, women, and children who have experienced trauma. “Most people who enter the profession of nursing do so wanting to help others. They are nurses with great skill and courage and they treat their patients objectively but with caring and compassion,” said Polly Campbell, RN, BS, BA, president of the Association’s board of directors.
International Association of Forensic Nurses Members Impart Forensic Knowledge and Practices in Peru
By Daria Waszak, RN MSN CEN
Ruth Downing first met "Nina" at a Peruvian farmland shelter for the sexually abused. Nina was 14 and holding her 2-month-old son. She had become pregnant from one of her abusers.
"She was very proud of her baby — but appeared sad and tired," recalled Downing, MSN, RN, CNP, SANE-A, President of Forensic Healthcare Consulting, Columbus, Ohio. “She was with another 14-year-old girl at the shelter also carrying an infant.”
Private Violence: A media project to end violence against women in America
By Kimberly Womack, DHSc, ARNP-BC, SANE-A, CEN
As an International Association of Forensic Nurse’s board member, I was asked to attend an event called "Good Pitch" in Chicago, October 22, of this year. The association was approached by Kit Gruelle, advocate, turned writer, to come to Chicago and lend support to the film as a forensic expert.
Soldotna hospital reduces forensic nurse service
ANCHORAGE - The Kenai Peninsula's largest hospital is down to three nurses with training in forensic examinations and has stopped offering most overnight exams.
400,000 rape kits in US are never tested
Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. DNA evidence collected from rape kits can lead to arrests and convictions, but hundreds of thousands of these kits remain sitting on shelves across the country — never tested.
Many of the untested rape kits lie on shelves in Central Virginia.
Violence against women continues at appalling rate, says Governor-General
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia shares the worldwide disgrace of horrific violence against women at the hands of men, Governor-General Quentin Bryce says.
Ms. Bryce, in a passionate demand for her nation to stand against what she declared an outrage, said she had found stories of appalling violence against women wherever she traveled.
Ohio's sexual assault kit testing initiative
Pike Country Daily
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the number of rape kits tested as part of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative has surpassed 2,000 kits.
As of today, forensic scientists with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have fully tested 2,093 rape kits for DNA, resulting in a total of 688 DNA matches in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
More than 500 of the kits were tested in October alone, resulting in the return of nearly 200 DNA matches in the same time period.
Each kit represents a sexual assault in which DNA was taken, but not previously submitted for testing by the investigating agency.
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