Forensic Nurses News
Jan. 9, 2014

International Association of Forensic Nurses Members Impart Forensic Knowledge and Practices in Peru
By Daria Waszak, RN MSN CEN
Ruth Downing first met "Nina" at a Peruvian farmland shelter for the sexually abused. Nina was 14 and holding her 2-month-old son. She had become pregnant from one of her abusers. "She was very proud of her baby — but appeared sad and tired," recalled Downing, MSN, RN, CNP, SANE-A, President of Forensic Healthcare Consulting, Columbus, Ohio. “She was with another 14-year-old girl at the shelter also carrying an infant.”More

Veterans help put away child predators
Salon
A 17-member class of mostly wounded veterans has taken up a new fight: putting away child predators. More

Despite scandals, Nation's crime labs have seen little change
NPR
The nation's crime labs are no strangers to scandal. More

Webinar: The Uniform Crime Report Change in Definition of Rape: Updates and New Developments
Sexual Violence Justice Insititute
Date: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
12 p.m. CST for 90 minutes with Host Sharon Haas More

City sexual assault lab work slows
The Wall Street Journal
The turnaround time for DNA analysis in sexual-assault cases in New York City has increased four fold in five years, a rise that crime-victim advocates called troubling for victims. The median time to complete DNA analysis in a sexual assault case at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner's Department of Forensic Biology rose to 89 days in fiscal year 2013, up from 46 days in fiscal year 2012 and 17.5 days in fiscal year 2009, according to the Mayor's Management Report, a review of the performance of city agencies released in September by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.More

DNA discovery illustrates creation's complexity
World Magazine
Researchers have found a second layer of information embedded in DNA, refueling a debate between proponents of Darwinism and intelligent design. Since the 1960s, scientists recognized that the order of molecules in DNA represented a particular code that governs the development of gene-forming proteins. Now, researchers from the University of Washington have discovered a second set of instructions in DNA that governs how those genes function.More

Problems with prosecuting rape cases
The Salt-Lake Tribune
An audit shows just 6 percent of rape cases filed between 2003 and 2011 in Salt Lake County were prosecuted. Why are rape cases so difficult to bring to court and what will it take systemically to ensure justice for more rape victims? More

Teachers and nurses to be trained to spot FGM
London Evening Standard
Teachers, nurses and GPs are to be offered extra training on how to identify potential victims of female genital mutilation, as part of new Home Office efforts to combat the crime. The training, via the internet, will also be given to police and will include advice on how to recognize “warning signs” of girls at risk as well as those who have already been mutilated. Further money will be spent on an “awareness raising” program for social workers and other staff working on local safeguarding of children boards.More

'Violence against Afghan women more frequent'
Times of Malta
Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of the country’s human rights commission has said, a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops prepare to withdraw. Only yesterday a 10-year old girl who was about to be used by the Taliban as a suicide bomber was saved by the police in Helmand.More

Turning away from painful chapters
The New York Times
The most powerful nations continue to wrestle with whether to whitewash, overcome, ignore or confront painful histories of generations or centuries ago. Even Nelson Mandela’s proud legacy of “truth and reconciliation” over apartheid has increasingly disappointed many in South Africa. Can dark pasts ever be ignored or sins forgotten?More