The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault is offering a webinar on October 18th from 12-1:30 MDT, Reproductive Coercion: An Introductory Train-the-Trainer Webinar. Click through for a full description of the session:
I was scanning my Facebook page and came across a blog post shared by my friends over at the OSATF on the issue of pelvic exams under anesthesia. While this practice is not legal in the state in which I reside, the fact of the matter is that most states don’t have laws on the books prohibiting the practice of allowing students to learn how to do pelvics on anesthetized women who have not specifically consented to the exam. It’s still apparently happening in enough hospitals that the October 2012 issue of the green journal addresses this in two opinion pieces.
Here’s another live event in DC that will also be webcast (although it will be an archived one, not in real time like yesterday’s post): Dr. Rebecca Campbell will be speaking on October 29th from 10-11:30 am. Her presentation will be The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Victim Advocacy. It’s part of the National Institute of Justice’s Research for the Real World seminar series (past recordings are available here).
As part of DV Awareness Month, the US Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a panel discussion on screening and counseling for intimate partner violence in the healthcare setting. It will be held October 9th from 1-3pm ET, and will be both live (in DC) and webcast. If you’d like to participate in either medium, you can register here (registration is still required for webcast).
Although we were happily celebrating repeal in my household, plenty of other topics were front and center in the media this weekend. Much of my focus has been trained on the hashtag #SGSGlobal (the Social Good Summit going on through today); check out that and the the other items grabbing my attention since last we spoke:
One year ago today Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. For my family, that has had an enormous impact. All for the good…
A new report is out from the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Prevalence of Violent Crime Among Households with Children, 1993-2010. From the site:
The report estimates the number of children age 17 or younger living in households in which at least one household member age 12 or older experienced violent crime during a given year. As defined in NCVS, nonfatal violent victimizations include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Estimates of the number of children are provided by age of children (ages 0 to 11 and ages 12 to 17), type of crime, and location of the crime. The report also examines households that experienced violent crime by whether children lived in the household, type of crime, and location of the crime. Data on victimized households by type, composition, and characteristic are also presented.
October 10th is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, and Futures Without Violence will be hosting a webinar as part of the day’s events. School-based Health Services, Adolescent Health and Anticipatory Guidance for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault will be held from 9-10:30 am PT. Cumbersome title aside, it should be a good session that’s very clinically focused. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that CE/CEUs are available.
The new issue of the New Yorker magazine has a piece by Malcolm Gladwell, In Plain View: How Child Molesters Get Away With It. It focuses on Jerry Sandusky, but of course, in the wake of this week’s emerging news about cover ups from the Boy Scouts (to name but one high profile series of offenses against kids), it’s timely for a variety of reasons.
L’shana Tovah to all my friends and colleagues celebrating the Jewish New Year (5773)! As is almost always the case on a Jewish holiday, I am hanging out with the military (this time at Maxwell AFB). I did manage to bake an apple and honey cake before leaving, my singular nod to tradition this year. As you all know, there is always work to be done, new year or not. But before I head out to teach for the day, a few things I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
I had a chance yesterday to download and explore the new app by PreventConnect. It’s available for iPod/iPad (and soon for Android) and will allow you to access their library of podcasts as well as their blog posts (which are full of great information, like current research and emerging issues) and videos. Screenshot after the jump:
Today is the 18th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:
Statement by the Vice President on the Eighteenth Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
Eighteen years ago today, the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law. It was founded on the basic premise that every woman deserves to be safe from violence, and since its passage, we have made tremendous strides towards achieving that goal. We gave law enforcement and the courts more tools to combat domestic violence and hold offenders accountable. We created a national hotline to direct victims to life-saving assistance. And since VAWA passed, annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than 60 percent.
But we still have much work to do. Three women still die every day as a result of domestic violence. One in five women have been raped, many as teenagers, and one in six women have been victims of stalking. While women and girls face these devastating realities every day, reauthorization of a strengthened VAWA languishes in Congress. VAWA is just as important today as it was when it first became law, and I urge Congress to keep the promise we made to our daughters and our granddaughters on that day—that we would work together to keep them safe.
My general experience is that people are lousy at dealing with conflict directly. I was reminded of this relatively recently, as many of you may recall. So I couldn’t be happier with the fact that IAFN is offering a webinar, Ethical Communication–Making it Work. It will be held October 2nd from 2-3:15 pm ET. Cost is $15/members ($30 non-members) and will net you 1 CEU.
Good morning, my friends. It’s going to be a busy week, as I head to San Diego tomorrow for the Emergency Nurses Association conference. If you’re going to be there, please come find me–there’s a good chance I’ll be somewhere near the IAFN exhibitor’s booth in between work sessions and actual conference sessions (I have no idea when the last time was that I went to a conference where I wasn’t presenting!). In the meantime, a few things that have caught my eye since last we spoke:
I often harp on how much I value Twitter as a tool for both education and social commentary, so I figured I would share my list of 10 organizations and individuals forensic healthcare professionals should consider following. Remember, this is just my list–I would love to hear who else you think is a good follow for our profession. My goal, of course is to move more forensic healthcare professionals into the Twittersphere. I like to think of this list as a great foundation for building your own Twitter stream.
Cell phones. GPS. Computers. Did you know that these technologies can be dangerous weapons in a stalker’s arsenal? This self-paced, interactive course will give you a better understanding of how stalkers use these and other technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims. You will also identify steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes and supporting victims of stalking.
I will be doing a lunchtime SANE-A mini-prep course for IAFN’s next webinar. It will be held September 27th from 12-1:30 pm and will cost $15 ($30 for non-members), which also nets you one CEU. It’s important to note that this session will only concentrate on the two areas of the exam that have traditionally been most troubling for exam takers: patient assessment and interaction with the judicial process (hence the mini part of mini-prep course).
How is it possible I went most of the summer without posting one of these? Embarrassing. What follows is what’s caught my eye from the August/September/October journals (with a couple of late July articles tossed in for good measure). As always, this is not an exhaustive list, but I do have to say, it’s a pretty good one. There’s a lot of great looking research among this group of pubs.