Sexual Assault Testimony

Going Beyond Rape Kits

I am in Hawaii this week and while I will try and get posts up with some regularity, it will be a long week and the hours here are not my own. So, we’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, I’d like to draw your attention to this excellent article by IAFN CEO, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, Going Beyond the Breakthrough Means Going Beyond Rape Kits. It beautifully encapsulates why the sexual assault medical-forensic exam is so much more than just collecting samples for a kit. Trying to figure out how to articulate in court why it’s important that patients come in and see us, even if they don’t want evidence collected? Well, Jen just helped you out by putting it down on paper. And she did it in less than a thousand words. Do yourself a favor–read it and then share it with your team.


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