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Since Last We Spoke, 7-22-19

I’m in Pensacola, FL this week and my time will definitely not belong to me, so posts may be sparse. I worked a good portion of the weekend, but travel left me a bit of time to surf (and the heatwave in much of the US, including DC meant retreating indoors anyway)–here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

A former medical student who raped an unconscious woman “availed himself of an opportunity” he could not resist due to the stress of “leading an exemplary life,” his lawyer has argued.

My rage read for the weekend

Excellent writing/editing recommendations

Such a lovely and moving essay (and a gift to families)

Padma, on point

I adore the dictionary in the age of social media

This was probably the loveliest thing I read all weekend

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Sexual Assault

Updated Clinical Guide: Toluidine Blue Dye

Our 2nd update for the week is now available: the updated clinical guide on the use of toluidine blue dye in the examination of sexual assault patients. New research articles, new books, and links to the National Protocols all can be found in this update, so it’s worth perusing if you haven’t been by in a while.

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Updated Clinical Guide: Social Media Use for Forensic Clinicians

In our course last week we naturally discussed social media use (as we do), and it made me realize that it is high time I went through the clinical guides and gave them all a facelift. So one by one, as I have the time, I will be tackling them in the quiet(er) moments of what’s left of the summer. First up is social media use for forensic clinicians. Plenty of new research articles and other resources for you to peruse in this one. Hope you find it helpful.

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Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Victim Services

There aren’t too many topics out there that we haven’t covered here at FHO, but this is one of them. OVC TTAC is hosting an Expert Q&A next month, Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Victim Services. The session will be held August 21st from 2-3:15pm, and will also be recorded for later viewing. From the announcement:

During this session, practical information will be provided to direct service providers and other programs open to the public about service and support animals. Learn the differences between service animals, crisis response canines, emotional support animals, therapy animals, and pets. Find out the laws in the United States that apply to these animals, including the Fair Housing Act, and learn about New Mexico’s “Model Guidelines for Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters,” which provides policy suggestions and other tips for working with clients who have emotional support animals and how to respectfully respond when someone tries to bring in a dog or animal that isn’t appropriate for public access.

Register here.

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Since Last We Spoke, 7-15-19

We had a fantastic class at the NAC last week. A diverse and talented group of clinicians and prosecutors spent several days with us, and I am pretty sure the faculty left just as energized as the students. It continues to be one of my very favorite courses to teach and this year did not disappoint. Honestly, we could run that course quarterly and still have a waitlist, so please, if you are interested in attending, but haven’t been able to, keep applying. Just know that we probably won’t accept multiple people from one program, and we will definitely prioritize people who apply with a prosecutor from their jurisdiction. FYI, if you’re going to the IAFN conference in New Orleans, I will be doing 3 sessions related to testimony: 2 with Leslie Hagan (repeats from last year, but extended to 3 hours–one on language, one on ethics), and a brand new one (90 minutes) with Sasha on cross-examination. My sessions are almost always full, so please register if you’re interested. Last year they actually turned folks away, so…

I’m home this week before I hit the road for what basically begins the Fall travel marathon (which, yes, begins in July). I had some quiet time to myself over the weekend, since Sasha took the pup camping (hard pass), so I had a bit of time to read–here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

How useful IS that doctorate (I always appreciate a good discussion on degree-seeking, because I am not a fan of racking up degrees for the sake of, well, racking up degrees)

An epidemic of disbelief

Antibiotic resistance continues its problematic and persistent march on

Excuse me, may I raise your child?

This bill includes critical safety protections

Sex abuse wasn’t just a Nassar problem in American gymnastics

This seems accurate

Come on, men–be better. Also, how hard is it to cite?

A feel-good long read about seahorses, because, Monday

I don’t know–this seems…timely.

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Articles of Note: July 2019 Edition

It’s time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly romp through the peer-reviewed literature. This month there’s quite a bit that’s freely downloadable, so look for the FREE FULL TEXT notations for immediate gratification. Otherwise, links lead to PubMed abstracts and you can take it from there. Plenty here to keep you occupied…

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Using Expert Eyes and Ears to Document What We See and Hear

SAFEta has a webinar coming up, On Looking and Writing: A Guide to Using Expert Eyes and Ears to Document What We See and Hear. The session will be held August 15th at 2pm ET. From the registration:

This webinar will help participants unlock their ability to see and write; to document their patient’s physical state and behaviors in an accurate manner. You will learn how to “paint a picture” with your words and accurately describe outward appearance, visible behavior, speech and eye contact using instantly understandable language.

Register for the webinar here.

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Since Last We Spoke, 7-8-19

It’s going to be a pretty busy week at FHO headquarters as we head to Columbia, SC and the National Advocacy Center for what is my very favorite course to teach. I’ll try to keep posts regular, but things may get away from me–we’ll see. I hope everyone celebrating the 4th of July holiday enjoyed their longish weekend. We got away to the mountains for a minute, but still managed to make it home in time to watch the big game. And what a game it was!

I had screaming fast wifi at the cabin, so here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

Who could have seen women arrested for things like this? Oh right–so many of us. Thankfully, charges were dropped.

Also, not for nothing, but we knew it wouldn’t stop with abortion

In other stories of injustice

The CEO of Planned Parenthood on why her recent miscarriage only strengthened her commitment to women’s health

Ah yes–people ignoring sexual violence and still getting paid [well]

Apps that can help improve your writing (I’ve been using Grammerly for years and love it)

In case you missed it, ANA’s letter to DHS on the treatment of migrant families at the border (PDF)

New study on brain injuries from domestic violence

Why the USWNT’s open queerness matters

Forever and ever, amen:
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Sexual Assault

Sexual Violence and Opioids Annotated Bibliography

I wanted to point your attention to a recently published annotated bibliography by NSVRC on sexual violence and opioids (PDF). I’m such a huge fan of these types of compilations (obviously), and this is a topic that hasn’t been well covered. There’s some ACEs stuff in here, some IPV, and of course, adult sexual violence, so it spans age ranges. Worth adding to your library and distributing among your teams.

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Pediatric Sexually Transmitted Infection Update

SAFEta has a webinar coming up featuring Dr. Lori Frasier, Pediatric Sexually Transmitted Infection Update. The session will be held July 25th at 2pm ET. It will be archived so no worries if you can’t attend live. From the announcement:

Dr. Lori Frasier, professor of pediatrics chief of the division of child abuse pediatrics at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital will discuss pediatric STI’s and HIV testing updates, when to test for STI’s, the implications of positive tests and transmission of these infections.

Register here.

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And…We’re Back! Plus, Pediatric Case Studies

I hope everyone had a wonderful June. Our family had an amazing time in Japan, and now I am down in Charlottesville with the girlchild for college orientation for a few days. The vacation was a wonderful reset, and I am ready to get back to work. Let’s not waste any time, shall we?

Jumping right back into education with one of my very favorite presenters: Dr. Sharon Cooper is doing a session on pediatric case studies for the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project. The webinar will be held August 2nd at 11am (sorry Alaska and Hawaii, but take heart, all their sessions are archived, so listening live isn’t the only option). CEs are available for both nurses and physicians. From the announcement:

Forensic nurses provide specialized care for the pediatric patient who is presenting for health care related to known or suspected child maltreatment. A variety of case studies will be reviewed including parental opioid use, sexual assault, exploitation and children exposed to violence.

Register here.

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A Meta-Analysis of the Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure in Forensic Settings

IPSCAN (in conjunction with APSAC) has a video journal club now available for viewing. A Meta-Analysis of the Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure in Forensic Settings (FULL TEXT) was APSAC’s outstanding research article of the year and is the focus of this video session:

Authors Sheri Madigan, Corry Azzopardi, and Rachel Eirich discuss their comprehensive meta-analysis of the research on sexual abuse disclosure during forensic interviews with children. Using a large sample of 45 studies and more than 31,000 children, the researchers found that about a third of suspected victims do not report abuse when asked, with those who are younger and male being most at risk for nondisclosure.

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Bisexual Crime Victims: Least Visible, Most at Risk

Vera Institute’s National Resource Center for Reaching Victims has a webinar coming up, Bisexual Crime Victims: Least Visible, Most at Risk. This is a great topic that I’ve never seen covered as the primary focus of an educational session. The webinar will be held June 17th at 2pm ET. They generally archive their sessions so I would imagine this will be accessible after the fact. From the registration page:

It’s often said they have “the best of both worlds,” but victimization rates tell a very different story. Bisexuals make up the largest part of the LGBTQ community, yet are the most invisible and have some of the highest rates of victimization. This webinar will go over the statistics, look at some of the reasons why this population is so invisible and at-risk, and explore the long-term health implications of these facts. We will also begin to explore how the victim service field and LGBTQ advocates can begin to better respond to this population’s unique needs.

Register here.

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Articles of Note: May/June 2019 Edition

Time once again for Articles of Note, our (almost) monthly romp through the peer-reviewed literature in search of all things new and/or useful to clinical practice, public policy, and testimony. As you may have noticed, I didn’t make one happen in May, so this month’s combined is pretty lengthy. There’s *a lot* here to work through, but I think it’s worth it. Some familiar faces in the bunch, too. Hope you enjoy.

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Since Last We Spoke, 6-3-19

A few things happening over here–one, it’s Pride month, y’all, so that’s always a fun time here in DC. Also, I had a milestone birthday this weekend, so much of my time was spent enjoying both the wife and best friend being in town to help me celebrate. But the really big news is that I am heading to Japan next week for several weeks, so FHO will be dark while I am gone. I am taking a few weeks off and I am not taking my laptop. This week will be the last week of posts until July 1st.

I’ll be heading to Williamsburg this week to teach for the Army, so I’ll have a few days out of the office. But you can expect a new Articles of Note (now that the strangulation compilation is live), as well as a couple of other goodies before we go dark for 3 weeks. And, I did manage to catch up on some reading during a serious bout of insomnia the other night–here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

“Commit to the process and you’ll become good enough, soon enough”. Excellent advice here.

When I run about it, people will notice

Related: a leaked report on the murder of indigenous women

After VA Beach Friday afternoon, the fact that the GOP killed this bill is particularly frustrating

This twitter thread is challenging but important–I encourage you to read the whole thing. It speaks volumes about the realities of our healthcare system, and mental health treatment in particular:

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Applying the Strangulation Research to Expert Testimony: Table of Contents

I have to tell you, I am overwhelmed at the response to the new research compilation, Applying the Strangulation Research to Expert Testimony. The response has been–unexpected. But a very smart attorney to whom I am married casually mentioned it would be nice for people to see a preview of what they would be getting for their money, and it occurred to me the Table of Contents is the easiest way to provide that. So it is now part of the product description on the store page (I also added preview pages for the other two compilations), but I am providing it here for those of you who might be interested:

Thanks for all of the kind comments and messages. You are really the very best readers.

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Abortion Resources for Patients

I saw a great abortion resource come across my Twitter feed this morning from the Abortion Care Network that would be an excellent part of discharge resources in the US for patients who might want/need it:

I tried it to make sure it really worked, and not only did it provide immediate information, but it also followed up, with this:

Incredibly helpful for those folks who aren’t certain what is currently available in their area, who serve a large region, or who have a transient patient population (I’m thinking of places like Las Vegas or other vacation areas).

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Applying the Strangulation Research To Expert Testimony

It’s here, folks: Applying the Strangulation Research to Expert Testimony is now available for purchase in the store. A couple of things I’d like to mention–first of all it’s more expensive than the previous ones ($9.99) because it’s almost three times the length. So for all of you who will want to know why the big jump in price from the other two, there you go. The other thing I’d like to mention is this–these compilations don’t make me rich. Yes, you technically can share these compilations amongst yourselves once one person purchases it, but I ask you to buy individual copies where possible. An unbelievable amount of time went into this, as is this case with everything I publish here.

In putting this together, my hope is to improve the quality of expert testimony in cases of adult non-fatal strangulation. Patients shouldn’t luck into competent trial testimony by their forensic clinician. I truly believe this, which is what drives every single one of these compilations.  I hear a lot of weakly informed opinions on the stand and a lot of strangulation testimony not grounded in much more than information people have picked up from a lecture they’ve heard or course they’ve taken. Often clinicians have never read the primary sources from which they are pulling supporting statistics or conclusions, making their statements vulnerable on cross. I am trying to make it simpler for people to identify and access the evidence base, so that testimony can be presented from a scientifically sound foundation where possible. And so that we can acknowledge the left and right limits of the research when asked, and develop a program of research to close the gaps.

Because we are at the point where we have the ability to do so, I am also now offering all three of the FHO research compilations (Consensual Sex Injury, Aging Bruises and Strangulation Injury) as a single downloadable zip file. That one is $16.99, so it basically saves you three bucks when you buy them as a set.

The Store page looks wonky for reasons beyond my technical abilities, so I am trying to get that worked out–but everything seems to be working. Contact me if you have any issues. As always I look forward to your feedback (and I am taking ideas for the next research compilation, although it’ll be a few months before I start it).

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Coming soon: Strangulation Research Compilation

One week from today I will release the 3rd FHO research compilation: Applying the Strangulation Research to Expert Testimony in Cases with Adult Victims. It’s the biggest one to date, but it’s also the most needed. So I am spending the week traveling (hello, MSU), editing, and enjoying the girl-child’s high school graduation (hello, CLE). I’m also taking the week off the site. I will see everyone back here next Tuesday for the launch of the new compilation. Until then, friends…

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Have you checked out the FHO store lately? You can find our newest research brief, Aging Bruises Based On Color, plus our original guide, Injury Following Consensual Sex. Both available now for electronic download. Plus, coming soon: the newest research compilation, Applying The Strangulation Research To Expert Testimony In Cases With Adult Victims.

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Friday Extra: Sex Ed for Senators

Let’s keep this party going, shall we? Courtesy of Samantha Bee, it’s Sex Ed for Senators, and I think it caps the week off nicely. Obviously not suitable for many workplaces (sadly):

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Have you checked out the FHO store lately? You can find our newest research brief, Aging Bruises Based On Color, plus our original guide, Injury Following Consensual Sex. Both available now for electronic download. Plus, coming soon: the newest research compilation, Applying The Strangulation Research To Expert Testimony In Cases With Adult Victims.