Forensic Nursing News
Mar. 14, 2013

Janet Carol Donoghue
Dec. 11, 1936 - March 4, 2013

IAFN lost a long-time member and leader earlier this month. Janet was initially certified as a SANE-A® in 2003 and most recently held the office of President of the Alabama Chapter of Forensic Nurses. She was well liked and respected by her peers and will be deeply missed. This newsletter will be published in her honor. Read her official obituary.More

Editor's choice
Check out "At a crossroads: Reentry challenges and healthcare needs among homeless female ex-offenders" in the current issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing. I believe that through the authors' skillful synthesis of related literature, and the collective voices and reflections of the women who participated in this qualitative study, forensic nurses — regardless of their specialized areas of practice — will be challenged to demonstrate gender sensitive collaborative care of this vulnerable population.More

Step up. Stand out. Get certified.
Thinking about taking the SANE-A® or SANE-P® Certification Exam in May 2013?
The application deadline of March 22, 2013 is only 9 days away!
Download the 2013 SANE Certification Exam Candidate Handbook by clicking here or go to and select "Certification." This contains all the information you need to apply and take the exam. After reviewing the information in the handbook, you can submit your application by US mail or fax or apply online. Questions? Email us at

Prep to pass the SANE-A® Exam
IAFN is pleased to announce the SANE-A Prep Course, which will be offered in five weekly sessions, on Wednesdays, starting March 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET. Drawing on the expertise of Ruth Downing, MSN, RN, CNP, SANE-A and Cyndi Leahy, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, each weekly live webinars will cover a different area of the test outline with an opportunity for questions and answers afterward. Attend one, some, or all the sessions. ALL sessions will be recorded and available for 24/7 viewing in the Online Learning Center.More

Take charge of your nursing career
Registration is open for the next webinar in the National Healthcare Career Network's Take Charge of Your Nursing Career™ learning series. The upcoming discussion will focus on taking an intellectual approach to professional advancement. Attendees will hear how they can use self-assessments to build on their strengths and spot areas for improvement. How "Neck-Up Nursing" Can Lead to Success, presented by Dennis Sherrod, Professor of Nursing at Winston Salem and Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, Professional Nursing Coach, will be available on demand, 24 hours per day from March 28 - April 2.More

Opening statement of Michelle Bachelet at CSW57: Time for action: Prevent and end violence against women and girls
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
"Time for action: Prevent and end violence against women and girls." Opening statement of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and U.N. Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, at the 57th session of U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. More

BJS finds a decline of more than 60 percent in sexual violence against females from 1995 to 2010
Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010 (NCJ 240655). Presents trends in the rate of completed or attempted rape or sexual assault against females from 1995 to 2010. The report examines demographic characteristics of female victims of sexual violence and characteristics of the offender and incident, including victim-offender relationship, whether the offender had a weapon, and the location of the victimization.More

Through our eyes: Children, violence and trauma
Office for Victims of Crime
This video discusses how violence and trauma affect children, including the serious and long-lasting consequences for their physical and mental health; signs that a child may be exposed to violence or trauma; and the staggering cost of child maltreatment to families, communities, and the Nation. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them. More

4569 children hospitalized due to abuse in 2006
Invisible Children
In one year alone, over 4,500 children in the United States were hospitalized due to child abuse, and 300 of them died of their injuries, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. The findings are published in the March 2012 issue of Pediatrics. Several measures have been used to track the national occurrence of child abuse, including data from Child Protective Services. But until now none quantified the severity of the abuse or whether the child was hospitalized as a result. More

Janet Carol Donoghue
Dec. 11, 1936 - March 4, 2013

IAFN lost a long-time member and leader earlier this month. Janet was initially certified as a SANE-A® in 2003 and most recently held the office of President of the Alabama Chapter of Forensic Nurses.More

South Africa pledges to get tough on rape
Voice of America
South Africa is often called the “rape capital of the world.” This year, as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, South Africans are mobilizing to end this horrifying trend. In recent months, the outrage has grown.More

Consider LARC methods for patients experiencing reproductive coercion
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Many women experience reproductive and sexual coercion, a form of abuse which can include sabotage of a contraceptive method, deliberate transmission of STIs, and forced pregnancy or abortion.More

Report: Syria's children deliberately targeted with rape, torture, shootings
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Syrian children have been shot at, tortured and raped during two years of unrest and civil war, the London-based international charity said in a report. Two million children, it said, face malnutrition, disease, early marriage and severe trauma, becoming innocent victims of a bloody conflict that has already claimed 70,000 lives. More

Report: Female genital mutilation on the rise in the US
The ancient, brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), once considered primarily a problem of the developing world, is a growing threat to girls and women in the United States, according to a new report. The United States has longstanding laws against the practice of FGM on U.S. soil and recently, passed a federal law against sending young women outside the country for so-called "vacation cutting". However, girls living in America increasingly are at risk of the procedure both at home and abroad, according to research by Sanctuary for Families. More

Senator would bar voiding military sex assault verdicts
A senator said she'll offer legislation to strip U.S. military commanders of power to overturn court-martial convictions in sexual-assault cases. "Giving military commanders with no legal experience the ability to completely nullify a jury's verdict without even requiring justification is against everything that we believe about justice in this country," Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said in a statement.More