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Sexual Assault Testimony

Trauma-Informed Care

Our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex is now available. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here

I received a request from an FHO reader looking for research about sexual assault and trauma-informed care. Conveniently enough, the recent National Best Practices doc from NIJ has an Appendix with a grid that provides the citations on this topic (p 107; click on the image to download the PDF report):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since Last We Spoke, 10-30-17

Our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex is now available. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here

I’m in Texas this week, and my schedule is unknown, so we’ll see how posting goes. Airport time is always prime for surfing, though, so I’ve managed to get some reading done. Here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:

This does not bode well for most of us

Military women should serve unmolested

Goals

Fix this democracy

So much has been written about Weinstein, so I’ve selectively read. This one, though…

Female friendships (older, but still such a good read)

#Truth

All of these!

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DV/IPV

Supporting Survivor Access To Health Care

Our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex is now available. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here

As is always the case with their webinars, sorry about the late notice: Futures Without Violence is hosting a webinar next week, Supporting Survivor Access to Health Care: Open Enrollment, Updates on Changes to Health Policy, and Implications for Survivors. The session will be held October 31st, at 2pm ET. It’s a good one for the policy people among you. From the announcement:

Open Enrollment is November 1st, 2017 – December 15th, 2017! Did you know…

  • Health insurance is available for survivors and their families through the marketplace (healthcare.gov) and that significant financial help is still available for the purchase of coverage?
  • Screening and brief counseling for domestic violence and behavioral health are covered benefits in all plans offered on the marketplace?
  • There are special rules that help married victims of domestic violence and their dependents to qualify for financial help when they apply for health insurance or apply for a hardship exemption if needed?
  • Open enrollment is short this year and it is critically important to enroll starting November 1st for coverage on January 1, 2018?

Join this webinar to hear key steps and strategies about signing up for health insurance and how to help clients enroll in healthcare and understand the domestic violence provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Register here.

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Child Abuse Sexual Assault

Responding to Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused

Our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex is now available. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here

The World Health Organization has released new clinical guidelines, Responding to Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused. This document is unrelated to/unconnected from any of the documents upon which we typically rely within the forensic nursing community (e.g. either National Protocol); that said it’s worth reviewing. From the Executive Summary:

This guideline aims to provide evidence-based recommendations for quality clinical care for children and adolescents who have, or may have, been subjected to sexual abuse, in order to mitigate the negative health consequences and improve their well-being. The objectives are to support health-care providers to provide quality, immediate and long-term clinical care and to apply ethical, human-rights-based and trauma-informed good practices in the provision of such care. Where relevant for provision of clinical care and where there is supporting evidence, sex-based differences and gender-based inequalities are flagged.

Download the PDF here.

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Child Abuse Sexual Assault

Legal Protections and Forensic Considerations for Immigrant and Refugee Child Victims

I am so thrilled about the response to our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it hereFor those of you outside the US, I have fixed the glitch that would not allow you to purchase it. Please let me know if you have further issues. 

KIDSta has a webinar coming up, Legal Protections and Forensic Considerations for Immigrant and Refugee Child Victims. The session will be held November 8th at 2pm ET. From the announcement:

Immigrant and refugee children suffer multiple traumas in their home countries, during their process of immigration and are highly vulnerable to victimization following their arrival in the United States. This webinar will discuss how migration, immigration status, culture and trauma impact the physical, brain and emotional development children who are victims of sexual assault and child abuse and the special needs of immigrant and refugee child victims. There are multiple forms of immigration relief that have been designed to offer protection for children who have been victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. Immigration relief is available both for immigrant child victims and for immigrant non-abusive parents of citizen and foreign-born child victims. A central focus of the webinar will be to provide practical tools for assisting abused children and their protective parents in accessing the legal remedies they qualify to receive under immigration, public benefits and family law. The webinar will include a discussion of the special role well-written reports from forensic examinations can play as evidence in immigration and family law cases involving abused immigrant and refugee children.

Register for the webinar here.

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Child Abuse Sexual Assault

A Team Approach: Child Life’s Role in Pediatric Sexual Abuse Cases

I am so thrilled about the response to our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it hereFor those of you outside the US, I have fixed the glitch that would not allow you to purchase it. Please let me know if you have further issues. 

SAFEta/KIDSta has a webinar coming up, A Team Approach: Child Life’s Role in Pediatric Sexual Abuse Cases. The session will be held Novermber 1st at 2pm ET. From the site:

This webinar will focus on the collaboration between Pediatric Forensic Examiners and Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS), particularly on the role of Child Life Specialists during the sexual abuse medical forensic exam. As trained medical professionals, Child Life Specialists utilize knowledge of child development, stress and coping theories, and family systems theories to promote positive outcomes during pediatric sexual abuse examinations. Working alongside Pediatric Forensic Examiners, Child Life Specialists are able to promote positive coping through rapport building, preparation, and developmentally appropriate divisional activities. During this webinar, the audience will learn about the role Child Life Specialists play while supporting staff, patients, and families during pediatric medical forensic exams. After the webinar, audiences should be able to: implement basic knowledge of child development theories during medical forensic exams, understand the role of child life, and name three successful outcomes that indicate positive coping during medical forensic exams.

Register here.

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Sexual Assault

Human Trafficking: Inside the Survivor’s Mind

I am so thrilled about the response to our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here. For those of you outside the US, I have fixed the glitch that would not allow you to purchase it. Please let me know if you have further issues. 

The National Criminal Justice Training Center has an upcoming webinar, Human Trafficking: Inside the Survivor’s Mind. The session will be held November 15th at 2pm ET. I do not know if they will archive it–you will need to contact them directly to find out. From the site:

The session will:

Explain the definition of sex trafficking and describe why this is a serious problem that needs our attention. Demonstrate why victims are not often identified as we look at a survivor’s police record to show the invisible signs of trafficking. Review and understand the mind of a survivor. Describe complex PTSD and why a survivor does not run from her trafficker, understand how resilience helps in recovery, and what the recovery process looks like.

Register here.

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Child Abuse

An MDT Response to Child Abuse-Burn Cases

Seriously, folks–I am so thrilled about the response to our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here

Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center has a webinar coming up, An MDT Response to Child Abuse–Burn Cases. The session will be led by Dr. Barbara Knox on November 9th at 1pm CT. They generally archive their webinars, so I imagine this one will be archived, too. CMEs are available, but sadly not nursing CEUs. No description is posted yet, so keep checking their site for detailed information about the webinar.

 

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Since Last We Spoke, 10-16-17

Seriously folks–I am so thrilled about the response to our first offering in the FHO store, Injury Following Consensual Sex. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can find it here

Congratulations, Katrina L–you are the winner of the $50 Amazon give away! Please check your email for the link to your gift card. And thanks to all of you who sent emails and posted comments about the research digests.

I have to say, Toronto was a whirlwind. So great catching up with many of you. I did manage to make it to a few sessions, which is a plus. The reality is, the annual conference is an opportunity to get a lot of work done in person, so that’s predominantly what I was doing when I wasn’t teaching. I made it home Saturday night, and I’m prepping for a work trip I have on the west coast next weekend, so not much surfing for me. There were a few things, however, that caught my eye since last we spoke (and one issue, in particular, seemed to dominate what I read):

Ugh, Harvey Weinstein

Plus, men *like* Harvey Weinstein

Why is consent so confusing?

I mean, the title of this piece alone…

Also: sexual assault is not inevitable

Related.

More: why folks might not speak up

The Obama legacy

A simple definition of equity

The federal response to Maria–still a garbage fire

Finally–I am working my way through this new series. Did you know the psychologist, Wendy, is based on Dr. Ann Burgess? Just wish they had kept her a nurse 🙁 Pretty compelling show, though.

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Testimony

New at the FHO Store: Injury Following Consensual Sex

I’m so excited to be able to announce that the FHO store is now live, and the 1st offering over there is the document, Injury Following Consensual Sex. Some of you may recognize a piece of it–the research grid–which used to be available as a simple pdf in the Clinical Guide. That is now no longer available, as it has been replaced by this, far fuller document, which includes complete links, updates, new resources, and some analysis that should assist clinicians heading into court. I hope you find it useful–it’s $4.99 for the download (plus tax).

Please keep in mind, this is like any other copyrighted, published document in that it should not be posted in its entirety or distributed widely. I have endeavored to keep FHO free for as long as possible, and the bulk of the content will remain free, but more resource-intensive items will go behind a paywall, and from the comments I have received over the past week, the overwhelming response has been that there are some things you believe are worth paying for. The item about which I asked, the research compilations, will not necessarily have this exact format. They will be more along the lines of annotated bibliographies and based on all but one response of the close to the hundred I received, this sounds valuable to most of you.

As always, I very much appreciate the support FHO readers have given me and this nerdy little site, as we’ve grown over the past (almost) decade. I look forward to hearing your feedback about this first document, and requests for things you’d love to see from FHO in the future. Now get back to enjoying the conference (or seeing patients, or whatever else it is you’re doing with your day 🙂 ).

 

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Elder Abuse/Neglect

Elder Abuse Research Review

The National Center on Elder Abuse has a new research review out, spanning the past 3 years. You can download the PDF here. While the review doesn’t provide more than just the citations, it does break them down into categories, making it an excellent resource if you are trying to hunt down literature on a given subtopic.

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Uncategorized

Since Last We Spoke, 10-9-17

Like many of you, I’m getting ready to head to Toronto (incredibly early) tomorrow, so posting will be relatively light this week as I have my hands full with the annual IAFN conference. I can’t wait to see everyone–I’ll be teaching 3 sessions this year, so make sure to come say hello if you’re in any of them (or if you just happen to see me wandering about). My hope is that I will have an exciting announcement in the next couple days, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

I have no words for this one, except add it to the list of reasons why women don’t report

Agreed

Good analysis of the Weinstein case

Certainly not a unique perspective on the overdose epidemic, but no less moving

The real story of mass shootings in America 

The story of Dirty John is a long, but gripping read

About time

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

And finally, here in the US, it should be Indigenous Peoples Day, but it’s still on the books as Columbus Day, so in light of that:

See you up North!

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Sexual Assault

Evaluation 101: Prep, Analyze, Visualize Your Data

First, let me say, you guys are the best–you flooded my inbox with your thoughts about a fee-based research overview (and peppered the site with a couple comments, too 🙂 ). BTW, there’s still time to provide some feedback and be eligible for the $50 Amazon gift card. Thanks to everyone who has shared their opinions/suggestions thus far.

Speaking of research [sort of], NSVRC has a new eLearning course, Evaluation 101: Prep, Analyze, Visualize Your Data. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the evaluation process (maybe you want to look at issues like impact of patient services or training events). They’ve created a brief video to get you started, then head to NSVRC’s eLearning site to register (the whole thing is free).

Don’t forget, if you’re interested in evaluation, particularly as you look at impact of your patient services, we also published the toolkit for SANE programs that provides a step-by-step guide.

 

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Sexual Assault

Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation: A Progress Report for the United States 2017

Raliance, a national partnership between the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, PreventConnect (a project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault), and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence has a new report available–Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation: A progress report for the United States 2017. It’s a really interesting read, including a look at both policy and research/evaluation for the year. And while you’re at it, check out the project site itself.

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Articles of Note Child Abuse DV/IPV Elder Abuse/Neglect Sexual Assault

Articles of Note: September/October 2017 [plus a question/giveaway…]

Time once again for Articles of Note, my (sort of) monthly romp through the peer-reviewed literature. As always, this is not comprehensive, and most links lead back to abstracts (except where noted otherwise). Also, as always, please provide attribution if you reproduce my lists for your own purposes, don’t take my name off the document, etc., etc.

But before we get to the meat of this post, a quick question: would you be interested in an actual research digest, which provided more in-depth information about new research (including some analysis about the impact on our practice), available every 6-8 weeks–for a small fee? I would appreciate the feedback–send me a yay or nay and how much you might be willing to pay for an individual digest (downloadable electronically), if you would be so kind. In the comments, or knowing you guys, in my email, would be fine. As an incentive, there’s a $50 Amazon gift card for one lucky commenter. I’ll choose when I’m in Toronto next week, so please let me know your thoughts by 13 October, 12pm ET. Thanks!

Word doc first (active links) followed by the PDF for easy sharing (because some of you folks still want it in that format):

 

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Uncategorized

Since Last We Spoke, 10-2-17

I woke up feeling heartbroken about the news of the shooting in Las Vegas. I’m trying to prep for next week in Toronto, but keep getting sucked into my twitter feed as additional information comes out. In the meantime, I have plenty I have been reading, between a relatively mellow weekend and lots of airport time as I made my way to and from Germany. Here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

[Probably time to repost this.]

2016 was a banner year for STDs

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands still need us

I know so many women who feel this deeply

Your password is lousy

Failures of the criminal justice system

Related.

The art of avoiding a@$holes

I’m all for increased accessibility