Man, I don’t even know how long we’ve been waiting for this: just released, the National Protocol for Pediatric Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations. You can download the full document here (PDF); IAFN press release here; OVW press release here. See also the brand new technical assistance site on the protocol: www.kidsta.org. Congrats to everyone who worked on this–job well done! More to come on this, I’m sure…

#MoreThanMean

April 27, 2016 | 2 Comments

I considered saving this for next Monday, but I thought it was so compelling I figured it deserved its own post. This isn’t just about harassment, as the hashtag implies. Check it out for yourself:

The Battered Women’s Justice Project is hosting a webinar, Sexually Explicit Media and Communication: Select Research Findings and Practice Implications. The session will be held May 13th at 1pm. Click through for details:

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Wow, I totally fell off the grid last week. I had no intention of disappearing, but clearly I needed the time away. I got back to CLE this weekend to spend time with my kiddo, and Passover began Friday night (Chag Sameach to all who observe), so I had some quality downtime. Last night after getting back to DC I had trouble switching my brain off, and was surfing well into the night. Here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

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I’m in the process of mapping out an overhaul of FHO, and have been thinking about short- and long-term professional goals in conjunction with this exercise. Makes me think about failure, which is a topic I love. Here’s another compelling reason why we should be celebrating it:

If we are going to be totally honest with one another, last week was a crap one. I was glad for it all to be done, and my hope is that this week brings good better news (I won’t be greedy). I’m heading back on the road tomorrow: to FLETC for the Air Force, then on to CLE to spend time with my family. Over the weekend I had a wiled away a few early morning hours surfing; here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

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The GAO released a report yesterday detailing their review of forensic nursing training, funding and availability availability in the US. It’s a fascinating read, and the findings are none too surprising. Take the time to go through this one. Click through for highlights:

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The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault has an upcoming webinar: Language Matters from Reporting to Healing. The session will be held April 26th from 10-11:30 am CT. Click through for details:

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In 2010 the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (a project of Polaris) published tools to assist clinicians in assessing human trafficking victims. In February of this year, they updated these resources. Aside from the algorithm, there are also several other docs that should prove to be helpful. A good focus for future staff or multidisciplinary team meetings, no?

We were focused on the social this weekend–catching up with friends and planning a get-together for Tuesday evening (not to mention planning the menu for our first Seder later this month). Yesterday had its lazy moments, though, and for the first time in a long time, we sat in front of our fireplace (because it’s *snowed* this weekend) and read the NYT cover to cover. Divine. Plenty of good reads, so here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

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