Archive: February2017

Since Last We Spoke, 2-27-17

I was having some trouble with my site yesterday, apologies for the late post. It's a trial week for me, so we'll see how consistent I am this week anyway. Although this was a working weekend, it also included some…

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Historical Trauma: The Beginning of a Conversation

I debated the best way to approach this post, as I knew there were several points to include, but no clear path for laying it all out. Perhaps it begins with the occasions in which people have asked me why we should…

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New Research Translation on Sexual Identity and Health-Related Behaviors of High School Students

NSVRC has a new research translation available (PDF) that summarizes a CDC study on sexual identity and health-related behaviors of high school students. The report found that students who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual face significant health disparities. This is a critical…

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Since Last We Spoke, 2-20-17

I have to tell you, it's been a glorious weekend here in the 703. We took the pup down to Shenandoah for his 1st big hike and the car read 73 degrees when we were heading home. Unbelievable. Today is…

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Child Interviewing 2017: Update on Research and Practice

For those of you peds folks with an interest in the state of the science around forensic interviewing, Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center has a webinar coming up, Child Interviewing 2017: Update on Research and Practice. The session will be…

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STD Risk and Oral Sex

A reader recently asked about the risk of STDs in cases where the patient reported only oral penetration. She wanted to know what the recommendations were around counseling patients, and which infections, in particular, were concerning. The CDC actually has…

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Since Last We Spoke, 2-13-17

Oh, hey, a last minute resolution to my trial this week means I'm unexpectedly at home. It's like a snow day, but without the paycheck snow. Since I didn't have to get on a plane on Saturday, it left me…

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National Survey Shines Light on Teen Dating Violence

There's new research available on the teen dating violence. NIJ has an overview of the study, the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV), on their site. The study is wide-ranging, looking at sexual harassment, physical and sexual…

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Articles of Note, February 2017 Edition

Time once again for Articles of Note, my (sort of) monthly walk through the peer reviewed literature. It's an interesting overview this month, with a lot of domestic violence and mental health research. But it's one of the first times…

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My Son Was a Columbine Shooter

I listened to this TEDMED talk last week, and I will tell you right now, it's not an easy or comfortable listen, for so many reasons. But it's an important one, and the issues she discusses, like trauma, mental illness…

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Since Last We Spoke, 2-6-17

This week open up my hard core travel season, with travel scheduled 8 out of the next 11 weeks. I'm thoroughly pleased to be heading to Monterey, CA to join my favorite military law nerds for a course we're teaching…

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and there are plenty of good resources available to make you even better at caring for this patient population: Love Is Respect has both twitter chats (#teendvchat) and webinars, plus Respect Week, February…

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Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiatives and Non-investigative Kits

In case you missed the release of this a couple weeks ago, the Office on Violence Against Women published a white paper, Sexual Assault Kit Testing and Non-investigative Kits (PDF). Per their description: "This report presents reasons why the Office on…

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