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Sexual Assault

Update on Emergency Contraception

Thanks, Kim Day for the heads up on this: the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals has a 3 part webinar series on emergency contraception. CEUs/CMEs are available, which makes this a good one for those of you seeking to renew your SANE-A certification.

Part I: Options, Effectiveness, Ongoing Use, and Access

Part II: Mechanism of Action, Contraception After EC, Safety and Side Effects

Part III: Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Child Abuse DV/IPV Sexual Assault Testimony

Myths Surrounding Virginity: A Guide for Service Providers (and a few other resources)

I found this so fascinating: the International Rescue Committee has a new guide for service providers, Myths Surrounding Virginity. I just finished working my way through it; what a great resource for really sifting through the issues related to the subject. I can see using it for educating other disciplines on the realities of what we already know as forensic clinicians (and probably a few folks within healthcare, as well).  It’s brief, so I encourage you to download it (PDF) and check it out for yourself.

From the website:

Virginity is a sensitive subject. The concept itself has a complicated history and, while it describes sexual activity for all genders, there is greater value placed on female virginity. For women and girls, virginity is too often tied to moral character, purity, honor, and social, moral and religious values.

In following the endnotes in this document, I was reminded of a piece I had posted a while back. You may want to also revisit it, while you’re focused on the subject matter. See also this free full-text article (PDF) on virginity testing (as well as this one); this expert statement on the issue of testing (abstract only); and ethics statements here and here.

 

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Since Last We Spoke, 2-26-18

Sorry I disappeared last week–I was in Germany, and well, my time was not my own, so something had to give and it was FHO. But I’m back, in town for the whole week, and ready to make the slog to catch up on everything that got dropped while I was away. So let’s get right to it:

I’ve been asked to remind folks that IAFN is seeking nominations for the full slate of awards. Got someone you think is doing amazing work in forensic nursing? Make it happen!

The boys are not all right

And another related NYT op-ed that’s worth the time

Also related: notes from a radiologist

Fascinating take: the (lack of) neutrality in science

Sigh.

Immigration is a healthcare issue.

A profoundly powerful piece on bullying and the hope of retribution

There’s so much heartbreak in this, but it’s worth the listen:

For all of you who have ever completed a grant application, this is for you.

And finally, I really want to encourage you to come to DC for Leadership and Lobby Days, April 16 & 17. Being on the Hill is one of the most satisfying things I have been able to do, and this year’s Leadership Day focus is particularly good for those of you who are managers or aspiring managers. It’s a great opportunity to network in a smaller group setting, meet your legislators face to face, and focus on issues not usually covered at the fall conference. Registration ends March 16th, so please spread the word. The more forensic nurses on the Hill, the greater the impact. Plus, DC in the spring? Outstanding.

 

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

Articles of Note: Valentine’s Day 2018 Edition

Time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly(ish) romp through the newly published peer-reviewed literature. I have to tell you–this month’s offering is pretty light. There wasn’t *that much* that really captured my attention. Still, there is some good stuff here, so while it’s not pages and pages, it’s still worth perusing. Attribution, please, if you reproduce my work (as always):

 

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Sexual Assault

Adult Human Trafficking Screening Toolkit and Guide

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Trafficking in Persons has a new resource available, Adult Human Trafficking Screening Toolkit and Guide (PDF). From the website:

The Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool (AHTST) is designed for use across various health care, behavioral health, social services, and public health settings in order to assess adult patients or clients for human trafficking victimization or risk for potential trafficking victimization. It is a survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate intervention tool.

While it is not yet validated, it draws from evidence-based practices and lessons learned from available screening tools used by practitioners in the fields of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and HIV screening. It serves to complement the recently published report by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the Urban Institute that focuses on child sex trafficking screening in child welfare and runaway and homeless youth systems.

The eight (8) screening questions that make up the AHTST are designed to be short, minimally invasive, and closed-ended. The overall aim of the AHTST is to obtain only the basic information needed to identify an adult currently or at risk of being trafficked so that practitioners can offer appropriate services, including referrals. There are also additional appendices, including a Literature Review, as supplementals to this resource.

In case you missed it, there is one key phrase in that description of which you should be mindful: “While it is not yet validated…” That’s not to say you shouldn’t use the tool, but just be aware of potential limitations as you employ it. I encourage you to read the report linked in the description, as well.

 

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Since Last We Spoke, 2-12-18

It’s a busy week here at FHO headquarters (AKA, my house). I’m heading out of the country at the end of the week, so with looming self-imposed deadlines, and a few fun gigs before I board a plane, there’s much to do. And I mean that in a good way. I will always take busy. It’s possible we’re slightly obsessed with the Olympics in our household, so the free time I have had has been mainly watching coverage and wishing I was in Korea, one of my favorite places on earth. But some surfing did happen along the way–here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

If you haven’t read this yet, it’s blistering (and true)

Related.

Beautifully written exploration of race and privilege

And the video series she produced–it’s so good (warning–autoplay).

The myth of drug expiration dates

More reason to love libraries

As a parent, this was a real eye-opener.

Loved this series on gender equality

How to do intersectionality

Ha! Everything you need for a rainy Monday…

If you came to see the bride you’re out of luck(!)

 
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Building Partnerships

For those of you interested in engaging in research to help inform practice, whether as clinicians in the field or academic researchers looking for your next project, I encourage you to consider Building Partnerships, an upcoming webinar from the Center for Victim Research. The session will be held February 28th at 1pm ET. From the registration page:

The Center for Victim Research will present “Building Partnerships,” an interactive webinar on victim researcher and practitioner collaborations, on February 28, 2018, from noon to 1 pm EST.

*Are you a researcher looking to do “real world” research that impacts crime victim response?
*Are you a victim service provider looking to partner with a researcher to inform your work?
*Do you want to learn more about partnerships while engaging with colleagues like yourself?

This webinar is for you! Dr. Christine Murray will lead you through the benefits – and challenges – of researcher-practitioner partnerships to set you on the road toward more successful collaboration. During the hour-long webinar, there will be opportunities to share your voice and questions with colleagues and other Center for Victim Research staff.

Register here.

 

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Linking Community Confinement and Sexual Assault Response Teams

The National PREA Resource Center has a webinar coming up, Linking Community Confinement and Sexual Assault Response Teams. The session will be held February 15th at 2pm ET. From the registration page:

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss Partnering with Community Sexual Assault Response Teams: A Guide for Community Confinement and Juvenile Detention Facilities, a resource guide funded by the Office for Victims of Crime and developed by The Vera Institute of Justice, following a 3-year partnership with the Johnson County, Kansas Department of Corrections. This webinar will focus on how community confinement facilities can leverage existing community expertise to respond to incidents of sexual abuse, namely by creating partnerships with community sexual assault response teams (SARTs). Vera project lead Allison Hastings and Adult Residential Center Director Antonio Booker (one of two facilities operated by the Johnson County Department of Corrections) will walk participants through key aspects of the planning tool included in the guide, discuss how using this guide will aid compliance with PREA standards, and share lessons learned from the pilot project.

Register here.

 

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Elder Abuse/Neglect

MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction

The Elder Justice Initiative has a webinar coming up, MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction. The session will be held February 22nd from 2-3pm ET. This isn’t a frequent topic of training, so consider attending (or listening at your leisure, since they are all archived). From the announcement:

Presented by Maro Casparian, Director of Consumer Protection at the Denver District Attorney’s Office; Linda Loflin Pettit, Manager of Community and Government Relations for the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section for the City and County of Denver; and Sgt. T.J. Blair of the Denver Police Department, this webinar highlights real-world solutions from Denver’s Forensic Collaborative for At-Risk Adults, an elder abuse case review MDT.

Learning Objectives:
– Understanding the best practices for recruitment and ongoing engagement of team members.
– Exploring real-world examples of relationship- and trust-building strategies.
– Discovering new MDT Guide and Toolkit documents, including a recruitment letter and statement of need.

Register here.

 

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Since Last We Spoke, 2-5-18

Allegedly there was some sports thing on last night, but I was flying back from the CLE after a really great weekend with kid and family. Praise be, I am home for 10 whole days, so I am writing this week (sitting in front of my fireplace for hours on end, much to the chagrin of my shaggy pup, who never wants to be far from me, but hates heat). Time in airports means time on the interwebs: here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

Just. Stop.

How not to die in America

Great–new ways to sexually harass

My next door neighbor teaches at this young woman’s school–such a tragedy

Come on…really?

I will always stop what I am doing and read an interview with Auntie Maxine

Stop asking powerful women to fix bad men

A prize for avoiding sexual violence against women

If you need to kickstart your week, I found this talk to be really enjoyable:

 

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. NCJRS has a special collection available with publications and associated resources. Some other sites with dedicated info on this issue:

Related, one of my favorite StoryCorps pieces:

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