ACOG has released their Committee Opinion on Intimate Partner Violence (abstract only), and Medscape has an overview with accompanying CME (editorial note: Come on, Medscape, no nursing CEUs for this one?). The American Academy of Neurology has also released a position statement this month, although on the broader topic of abuse and violence. You can read the full text here.
I’m teaching this week in Houston, so it may end up being a spare week here at FHO (these are some long days, my friends, and sometimes my brain hurts at the end of them). But I wanted to share a few recent articles and op-eds that have been published on the issues of sexual assault and sexual exploitation that might be of interest. Thanks to all of you who sent them over:
I’ll be honest with you–last week was not my best week. I can muscle my way through almost anything, with good game face, to boot. But last week I succumbed to a migraine, and as I’m sure many of you know, there’s nothing more humbling than being alone in an ED in a city very far from home, spending hours trying to will your body to work just enough to get you to the next city.
Tuesday, January 17th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering the next in their Grand Rounds series: The Science Base for the Prevention of Injury and Violence. The live webcast will also be archived for 48 hours after the event. And if you’re interested in CEs, you can register for them here.
It’s time once again for Articles of Note. These are a selection from the late December and January peer-reviewed journals that have caught my attention. Remember, it’s in no way a comprehensive or exhaustive list, but it’s an excellent place to start. The majority of the links will take you to PubMed. There are also a couple free full-text article in here. I’ve tried to add in a few more non-North American studies at the request of a few of my readers.
I just received this notice, but I’ll be on a plane when it’s scheduled (on Monday the 9th). Perhaps some of you would like to attend:
The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced the adoption of a revised definition of rape in the Uniform Crime Report.
Because it’s one of the most popular items here at FHO, just a quick head’s up: it’s been updated.
Vera Institute of Justice is offering a webinar on January 17th as part of their Accessing Safety Initiative, which “promotes collaborations between disability and victim service organizations and enhances organizational capacity to serve Deaf survivors and survivors with disabilities”. The session, Mandatory Reporting and Confidentiality, will take place from 3-4:30 pm ET.
The US Department of Defense just released a report on sexual assaults in military service academies (PDF), along with information about 2 new sexual assault policies (transfers for victims and maintenance of records). You can find an overview of the information here.
SAFEta and EVAW are hosting a joint webinar, Forensic Compliance: Where Do We Stand in 2012? The session will actually be offered twice–February 7th and February 16th, at 2pm ET. Kim Day and Kim Lonsway, from the above organizations, respectively, will be the presenters. Get registered, because you know this one is worth your time. And, of course, it’s free.
Results from the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) have just been released. You can read the Summary Report here (PDF); the briefer (8 page) Executive Summary here (PDF). Some of the bleak stats:
**Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.
**More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
**Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
**More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
In what appears to be the 1st in a series they are doing on the issue (next week’s article will focus on care of sexual assault victims), the New York Times published a beautiful piece yesterday, The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault. Plus it quotes one of my favorite people, Dr. Rebecca Campbell. Good stuff–do read.
With the massive amount of media buzz surrounding Jerry Sandusky’s pretrial hearing (or waiving there of, as I have just read), I figured I’d point you toward a couple of recently posted (related) resources at the NSVRC site. The 1st is Answers to Questions About Recent Child Sex Abuse Case, written in conjunction with ATSA.
I spent several days this week teaching for the Marine Corps; one day with the prosecutors and one day with defense. So I definitely have been thinking about the issue of sexual assault in the military and their criminal justice response. But it’s more than just training JAGs; it’s also several items that have come across my desk in the past week, which add a layer of complexity around discussions on this issue.