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IAFN's consultants recognized on World AIDS Day
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On December 1, World AIDS Day, IAFN consultants Megan Lechner and Kim Nash were recognized by USAID for their work in Swaziland. With support from USAID, the International Association of Forensic Nurses sent Lechner and Nash to Swaziland in September 2012 to advise local health facilities on how to better care for young rape survivors.

Forensic nurses often care for victims of violence. The nurses, Megan Lechner and Kim Nash, traveled to health facilities in all four regions where they assessed current systems of post-rape care for child survivors and advised healthcare staff on how to improve them. The need for such improvements is magnified by Swaziland's high HIV & AIDS prevalence and the elevated risk of HIV transmission in forced, unprotected sex.

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Give yourself the gift of continuing education this holiday season! Join us for the final webinar of IAFN's 2012 Webinar Series
  • Straddle Injury vs. Sexual Abuse — Managing Traumatic Genital Injury in Children on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time
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Memorial Hospital nurse's project seeks to empower patients after sexual assaults    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, was heartbroken to watch one of her patients leave the hospital dressed in scrubs. Fluharty decided other patients should not have to go through that again. "I think they need to walk out with some kind of dignity," she said. To help patients who have been sexually assaulted, Fluharty created Operation Power Purse — a program to provide clothing bags for victims of sexual assault. More

Working women and domestic violence
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According to a new piece of research, women who work face a greater risk of violence at the hands of their romantic partners than women who don't, lending credence to the notion that female employment threatens men's authority in relationship dynamics. The study looked at the impact that education levels and employment status differences play in domestic or intimate partner violence in heterosexual couples and found that dual-incomed households were more than twice as likely to. More

Bill to end rape kit backlog introduced in Congress
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In the midst of a fiscal crisis, usually divided Democrats and Republicans displayed a rare case of bipartisanship on the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry Act, an attempt to ensure that rape kits will not be backlogged. There are an estimated 400,000 kits currently backlogged in the United States and one major reason is a lack of funding for local police. This bill will allow local law enforcement to apply for the funds they say are needed to test every rape kit. More

Website to boost rape reporting in London
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A website aimed at boosting the number of reported rapes has been launched by the Metropolitan Police. Called My Decision, the site provides a step-by-step guide for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. It is designed to overcome barriers people may have to reporting such crimes — for example victims fearing they would not be believed. More

UN committee approves first-ever text calling for end to female genital mutilation
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United Nations Member States have approved the first-ever draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, in a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting millions of women and girls. The text was approved by consensus by the General Assembly's so-called Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, and will be acted on by the Assembly. More

Sources for data showing child sex abuse decline
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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center say data from a half-dozen sources suggest child sex abuse cases have dramatically declined since the 1990s. Here are details on data from the report, written by UNH professors David Finkelhor and Lisa Jones and published in the center's October 2012 bulletin. More

Investigating sexual abuse in California's developmental centers
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Patients at California's five board-and-care centers for the developmentally disabled have accused caretakers and other employees of rape and molestation 36 times during the past four years. The Office of Protective Services, the agency in charge of protecting this vulnerable population of 1,600 patients statewide, failed to order a single outside rape examination for any of the alleged victims, most of whom are female. These patients suffer from cerebral palsy, severe autism and other intellectual disabilities. More

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