The Protect Our Children Committee, a Pennsylvania-based child abuse prevention coalition, did an interesting survey on mandatory child abuse reporting in the state, and the results are a bit dismaying. It’s undoubtedly not unique to Pennsylvania, and may provide some food for thought related to the ways in which we provide training on this topic. You can read a summary of the report here (PDF).
If you haven’t read the fascinating article in the Sunday NY Times, I encourage you to check it out. It’s an in-depth look at the issue of sexting by minors, and it does a nice job of looking at the multiple facets of this complicated legal issue, and the secondary bullying that can arise in these types of cases.
AEquitas worked with NSVRC to create a statutory compilation for the 50 states on the presence of victim advocates in sexual assault exams (PDF). If your jurisdiction has questions about this issue, this should be a most useful document.
If you know me, you know stuff like this makes my nerd heart beat faster: the CDC is hosting a webinar that’s perfect for those of you trying to hone your writing skills, particularly for the purpose of creating patient information and public awareness materials. Plain Language: Writing Skills for Clear Communication (PDF) will take place March 31st from 2-3pm ET.
I meant to get this up last week when it first came across my desk: RTI International is offering a live, web-based course, Challenges in Investigating DFSA. Marc LeBeau, one of my favorite toxicologists, is teaching it, so it should be a good use of time. There are 3 sessions currently offered; the course runs about 2 hours.
Apologies for being absent this week. I’ve been pretty mired in the photography symposium these last couple days (time well-spent, I might add). Over at the Government Innovators Network, they’re sponsoring a webinar series on elder abuse. The next one is March 22nd at 3pm ET and it will focus on forensic markers.
Congratulations to forensic pediatrician Dr. Sharon Cooper, a well-loved speaker on the national (and really, international) circuit, for her recognition as one of 150 Women Who Shake the World. Some mighty heavy hitters on that list, but I have no doubt that Dr. Cooper holds her own among them.
I am knee-deep in my second consecutive sexual assault prosecution institute, so I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to conversations about common misconceptions about sexual assault victimization and the frustrating, pervasive rape myths that abound.
It’s been a long, but very satisfying week of training with the military, so I’m a bit exhausted today. That being said, I leave you to your weekend with a NY Times OpEd piece about our collective devaluing of women in popular media and our general tolerance for gender-based violence depending on the perpetrator. A fantastic read. Really, it’s about all I can manage today.
Off to Philly Monday for a repeat of this week…
NSVRC is offering a free online course, Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention. Produced by the New England Adolescent Research Institute, Inc., the course was written by Joan Tabachnick (who oversees the NSVRC blog on the same topic) and is meant to be completed in 1-2 hours. The course is based on the NSVRC publication of the same name.
I failed to get one of these done last month, so consider this a dual post: time once again for Articles of Note. All of these are from the late January/February/March/early April issues and electronic previews. As always, please keep in mind this in no way a comprehensive list; simply items that have caught my attention from a selection of peer-reviewed journals. Links lead to PubMed abstracts; from there you can choose what’s worth a.) paying for; b.) a pilgrimage to your nearest medical library; or c.) downloading via the full-text access you possibly have at your disposal.