Vera Institute of Justice is offering a webinar on January 17th as part of their Accessing Safety Initiative, which “promotes collaborations between disability and victim service organizations and enhances organizational capacity to serve Deaf survivors and survivors with disabilities”. The session, Mandatory Reporting and Confidentiality, will take place from 3-4:30 pm ET.
It’s an exciting weekend here at FHO. Little brother is getting married tonight. And tomorrow I’m packing up the partner, the kid and the pup and heading to Baltimore to ring in the New Year with friends. Here’s hoping you will have the a.) festive, b.) peaceful, c.) romantic, d.) family-filled, e.) any combination thereof… weekend you desire. And, as always, a special thank you to those of you who will be pulling a shift, carrying a pager, or answering the hotline while everyone around you has time off.
Thanks for making this year at FHO the best one we’ve ever had. I look forward to seeing everyone back here on Tuesday. Peace and health in 2012…~Jen
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I’ve been looking over my stats from 2011, and I thought you might be interested in what was popular in 2011, and who visited our happy little site. Would you be surprised that the #1 search term that lands people at FHO is “toluidine blue dye”? Two and three were “Forensic Healthcare Online” and my name, respectively. Those 2 are less interesting, but TB dye as #1? I wouldn’t have guessed that…
The US Department of Defense just released a report on sexual assaults in military service academies (PDF), along with information about 2 new sexual assault policies (transfers for victims and maintenance of records). You can find an overview of the information here.
SAFEta and EVAW are hosting a joint webinar, Forensic Compliance: Where Do We Stand in 2012? The session will actually be offered twice–February 7th and February 16th, at 2pm ET. Kim Day and Kim Lonsway, from the above organizations, respectively, will be the presenters. Get registered, because you know this one is worth your time. And, of course, it’s free.
Hope everyone has had a lovely holiday, thus far. I’m back in the office for the week (and actually at home for 2 entire weeks before the travel crazy begins anew), slogging through the emails and voicemails. Plenty of interesting stuff showed up in my inbox last week while I was on vacation, so I will try and get it posted throughout the week. Beginning with this one, from JWI:
FHO is on vacation this week. A very merry holiday season to you all. We’ll be lighting candles for 8 nights AND waiting to see what goodies are under the tree, so it’ll be a festive and full week for us. Here’s hoping you’ll have some time off this season, surrounded by the people you love, pagers and cell phones blessedly silent. For those of you who will be working through the holiday, a small prayer for quiet shifts and staff lounges piled high with homemade treats. A special thanks to my friends and colleagues serving far away from home.
Peace and health to you and yours. See you back here next week.
Results from the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) have just been released. You can read the Summary Report here (PDF); the briefer (8 page) Executive Summary here (PDF). Some of the bleak stats:
**Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.
**More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
**Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
**More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
In what appears to be the 1st in a series they are doing on the issue (next week’s article will focus on care of sexual assault victims), the New York Times published a beautiful piece yesterday, The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault. Plus it quotes one of my favorite people, Dr. Rebecca Campbell. Good stuff–do read.
With the massive amount of media buzz surrounding Jerry Sandusky’s pretrial hearing (or waiving there of, as I have just read), I figured I’d point you toward a couple of recently posted (related) resources at the NSVRC site. The 1st is Answers to Questions About Recent Child Sex Abuse Case, written in conjunction with ATSA.
Still have some shopping to do for trusted team members and other colleagues? Allow me to make some suggestions. A new 10 Things: Gifts for Colleagues after the jump…
I spent several days this week teaching for the Marine Corps; one day with the prosecutors and one day with defense. So I definitely have been thinking about the issue of sexual assault in the military and their criminal justice response. But it’s more than just training JAGs; it’s also several items that have come across my desk in the past week, which add a layer of complexity around discussions on this issue.
With it being a slow time of year for educational offerings, I’m thrilled the research journals hold some amazing treasures. This month feels particularly useful, especially if you’re a pediatrics person. As always, this is not a comprehensive overview of what’s newly out, but it is a good selection of late November and December articles you might want to check out. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a journal person, there’s some really clinically applicable material here on everything from STI testing in kids, to emergency contraception and implantation, to evaluating digital photography.