A Note About Sending Questions or Requests

I love receiving questions and requests from FHO readers via my Contact page, and I am more than happy to answer. However, if you want me to respond, it has to include more than just a subject (e.g. "sexual assault…

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School-Based Health Services for Adolescent Dating and Sexual Violence

Futures Without Violence is hosting a webinar next week on school-based health services, adolescent health and anticipatory guidance for dating and sexual violence and harassment. The session will be April 27th at 6:30pm ET (yes, it's a late one). From…

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Articles of Note, April 2017 Edition

Time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly romp through the newly published, peer-reviewed journals. This month, lots of good stuff related to sexual assault, including some interesting new research around genital injury. Definitely one of the better months, IMHO.…

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Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

OVC has just published a vicarious trauma toolkit, and there's a lot here that may be useful to you in both your work as forensic healthcare providers and in other aspects of your clinical life. I have only just started…

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Since Last We Spoke, 4-17-17

These last 6 weeks make me feel like I have been neglectful, so it's great to be back among my FHO readers. London was a blast, albeit a fast one, and I definitely feel recharged and ready to return to…

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State by State Syphilis Rates

[First things first: I am taking some much-needed vacation next week after a very long March. FHO will be dark while I'm off. I promise to pick back up Monday, April 17th with a new Articles of Note, among other…

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Building an Effective SANE Program

Apologies for missing the 1st half of the week, but I had my hands full with our Leadership Training and Lobby Day, which was a fantastic couple of days. And now, seeing as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a…

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Updated Adverse Childhood Experiences Clinical Guide

I've updated the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) clinical guide--there's so much available it's impossible to be exhaustive, so I have tried to provide a reasonable overview of some of the resources available. I'd love to be able to sit down…

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Teen Dating Violence Research Webinar

I just got notice of this in my inbox this morning, so apologies for the late notice: OJP is hosting a webinar, Relationship Dynamics and their Contribution to Adolescent Relationships and Dating Violence. If this title looks familiar it's because…

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Since Last We Spoke, 3-27-17

If you are playing along at home, this month I have been at Ft Drum, Ft Bragg, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and now Ft Sill, with a trip to San Antonio (not on post, but still for the Army), tossed in…

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Revictimization After Adolescent Dating Violence

There's an interesting new study looking at the rates of revictimization for adults who experienced teen dating violence. The study, Revictimization After Adolescent Dating Violence in a Matched, National Sample of Youth, found that "...heterosexual victims of teen dating violence…

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Sexually Transmitted Infections: Epidemiology in Indian Country (CE Opportunity)

Understanding the landscape of sexually transmitted infections in your community is a critical part of effectively caring for sexual assault patients. National treatment guidelines are well and good, but if the clinical picture is different where you are, then adapting…

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Since Last We Spoke, 3-20-17

Ok, stop me if you've heard this (from me) before (this month)--on the road this week at (fill in name of military installation here), time isn't my own, inconsistent posting possible, oh look, I was in several airports and had…

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Best Practices in Communicating with Survivors of Sex Trafficking

The National Criminal Justice Training Center has a webinar coming up, Best Practices in Communicating with Survivors of Sex Trafficking. The session will be held March 23rd at 2pm ET. The session will: ...[provide] an overview of trauma-informed techniques for…

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How Trauma Lodges in the Body

I'm pretty interested in the impact of trauma on health, as so many of us are in this field. So when I saw that Krista Tippit (Do you tune in to the On Being podcast? You should.) had interviewed Dr.…

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Joint Position on Care of Prepubescent Pediatric Sexual Abuse Patients

ENA and IAFN have released a joint position paper on the care of prepubescent pediatric sexual abuse patients in the emergency care setting. You can release the full statement here. The website also has a variety of relevant resources.

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Since Last We Spoke, 3-13-17

Good morning from Ft. Bragg, NC. As is the case for weeks like this, my time is not my own, so we'll see how regular posts are. I worked all weekend, but managed to peruse the interwebs during some down…

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Articles of Note, March 2017 Edition

Time once again for Articles of Note, our (mostly) monthly walk through the peer-reviewed literature. As always, here are some of the notable new publications related to forensic healthcare. It was actually a somewhat scant offering this go-round, but what was…

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Informed Consent for Sexual Assault Exams

SAFEta has a webinar coming up in May (bless you, Kim for your advanced planning and scheduling)--Informed Consent for Sexual Assault Exams: It Is Not Just a Signature, It's a Process. The session will be held May 2nd at 2pm…

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Public Health Approach to Preventing Human Trafficking

PreventConnect has a webinar coming up, Public Health Approach to Preventing Human Trafficking. The session will be held 23 March from 2-3:30 pm ET. Their webinars tend to fill, so if you're interested I would encourage you to register quickly.…

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