Forensic Nurses News
Mar. 19, 2015

SAFEta Webinar: Human Trafficking: What every nurse should know

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 2 PM to 3:30PM EASTERN TIME
Rachell A. Ekroos PhC APRN-BC AFN-BC will present a dynamic webinar on the medical screening, assessment interventions and referrals that are necessary for victims of human trafficking. Register today! More

Special Discounts for Early Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

FREE Totebag insert for any exhibitor who signs up by April 30, a $250.00 savings?
Check out the 2015 Exhibitor Prospectus providing you with a variety of information on Exhibiting and Sponsorship opportunities at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2015. Bigger discounts available when you bundle. Questions, email Marisa at mraso@forensicnurses.orgMore

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If so, the IAFN Foundation needs your help.

The Foundation, which provides scholarships each year for forensic nurses to attend the annual conference, has been approved to be a recipient of funds available thru the Amazon Smile program. How do you help? Go to You can then select the IAFN Foundation as the organization that you support. Every time you make a purchase on the IAFN Foundation will benefit which will help us support forensic nursing education. More

Register today for NSO's complimentary webinar, earn CNE credit!

NSO’s webinar, to be held 3/26/15 at 1 p.m. ET, will explore indemnity and expenses for professional liability claims on behalf of nurses insured under the CNA/NSO program during a five-year period. This program will describe top allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits as well as patient injuries and outcomes. Using this information, nurses can examine their own current practices in relation to the allegations of malpractice in relation to claims and losses experienced by their peers. Selected claims asserted against nurses will be discussed. Click here to register today!More

SAAM is nearly here
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is less than a month away. Are you ready for April 2015? The SAAM 2015 campaign is all about campus sexual violence prevention. It’s a call to action to create safer campuses and brighter futures for all. Everyone has a role to play in creating change.More

Supporting Community Culture as a Norms Change Strategy for Preventing Sexual and Domestic Violence
Prevent Connect
This web conference draws on the experiences and lessons of numerous communities working to advance place-based prevention efforts. It is designed to guide practitioners who want to learn more about the role of community culture in environmental change efforts. Our discussion will include best practices, community profiles and guided questions you can use to help design effective policy, systems, and norms change initiatives that acknowledge and reflect community culture. More

Nevada woman imprisoned 35 years for murder cleared by DNA technology
Forensic Magazine
After the case was dropped against a Nevada woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 murder she did not commit, both sides agreed on one point: justice was finally served thanks to new technology in DNA testing. Cathy Woods became the latest innocent person in the country to be cleared by DNA evidence after prosecutors announced there will be no retrial of her in the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell on the edge of the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. More

A sheriff and a doctor team up to map childhood trauma
The University of Florida's Dr. Nancy Hardt has an unusual double specialty: She's both a pathologist and an OB-GYN. For the first half of her career, she brought babies into the world. Then she switched — to doing autopsies on people after they die. It makes perfect sense to her. "Birth, and death. It's the life course," Hardt explains. A few years ago, Hardt says, she learned about some research that changed her view of how exactly that life course — health or illness — unfolds.More

Course to address sexual assault
NYU News
NYU launched its online sexual misconduct training course to combat and raise awareness about sexual assault recently. Students must complete the mandatory course by April 15. The course includes interactive quizzes and hypothetical scenarios to familiarize students with the concept of sexual misconduct, as well the actions, activities and situations they should avoid. The program will help explain how students can intervene and prevent an episode of sexual misconduct. More

Equality is a matter of human rights
Inter Press Service
Gender equality in political, economic and social arenas is a matter of human rights, said Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury to civil society organisations, ambassadors and activists in New York. Speaking at the Soka Gakkai International’s New York headquarters, the former Bangladesh Ambassador to the United Nations highlighted the ongoing 59th meeting of Commission on the Status of Women, which runs from March 9 to 20 at the U.N. in New York. More

Abilene hospital hires more nurses after increased sexual assault cases
Hendrick Medical Center is seeing an alarming increase in sexual assault cases over the past year. Hendrick is hiring and training more nurses for their Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE). These nurses provide care to sexual assault victims and perform forensic exams on patients. The hospital wants to bring the total number of nurses certified in this type of training to seven.More

Case of the rotting mummies
Forensic Magazine
At least 2,000 years before the ancient Egyptians began mummifying their pharaohs, a hunter-gatherer people called the Chinchorro living along the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru developed elaborate methods to mummify not just elites but the ordinary as well — men, women, children, even fetuses. Radiocarbon dating as far back as 5050 B.C. makes them the world’s oldest mummies. More

Working towards an end to FGM
The Lancet
Stopping female genital mutilations, and providing high-quality care to survivors, are not easy goals but momentum is gaining to achieve them. Jules Morgan reports. In practising communities, female genital mutilation (FGM) is a social norm—a public declaration of social acceptability that families believe makes their daughters pure, clean, and prepared for marriage. The ritual is a celebration for the community, as Rehab, cut before her sixth birthday, explains: “Without anaesthetic the midwife started to carve my external genitalia ... women who were present started to cheer.” More

The role of alcohol policies to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration
Prevent Connect
Alcohol consumption is associated with intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration. Prevention practitioners have been careful in addressing alcohol to avoid potential victim blaming for survivors who had consumed alcohol and to not allow prevention efforts to become reduced to primarily focusing on alcohol while ignoring other factors. With the recent release of two journal articles, “The Role of Alcohol Policies in Preventing Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of the Literature” (January 2015) in the Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs and “Exploring Alcohol Policy Approaches to Prevent Sexual Violence Perpetration” (November 2014) in Trauma, Violence and Abuse, this web conference will explore alcohol policies as a strategy for prevention.More

A&M hopes to add department of forensic nursing
The Texas Tribune
The Texas A&M Health Science Center is asking state lawmakers for $2 million to start a first-of-its-kind Department of Forensic Nursing to train nurses on gathering evidence and properly treating patients who have been abused. Bridging the gap between legal and medical worlds, forensic nurses are specifically trained to gather evidence on sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder mistreatment and more. Currently, the center offers courses in forensic nursing, but Health Science Center Executive Vice President and CEO Brett Giroir said he wants the college of nursing to expand its offerings to include a certificate and a master’s degree.More

New forensic lab will offer organ recovery, embalming services
Construction is well underway for the new forensic lab located along Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, Virginia. The framing of the new building is already in place, according to facility director Kevin Patrick. He said construction crews have had very few interruptions despite the recent winter weather.More

Country profile: FGM in The Gambia
28 too many
As we marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM last month with a European Learning Forum and Summit in London, events at the U.N., and events hosted by the Inter-African Committee and across Africa, I was encouraged at how the movement to end FGM is gathering pace. Initiatives such as The Girl Generation (a global campaign funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) to support the African-led movement to end FGM) are helping to ensure that the girls of today will be the first generation whose daughters will not be cut. More

A letter to the sexual assault task force
The Battalion Online
According to the Division of Student Affairs, there have been 32 cases of reported sexual assault, including rape and sexual abuse, since the summer of 2012. The key word here is “reported.” According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, “just over half of rape victims do not report the crime.” More

Canadian junior hockey team connected to party with multiple sexual assault allegations
USA Today
A Canadian junior hockey team stands accused of involvement in a horrendous string of sexual assault incidents that were all allegedly perpetrated at the same party, perhaps hosted by team members themselves. As reported by Canadian news service QMI, as many as 10 members of the Cobourg Cougars hockey club, a member of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, were in attendance at a 50-person party in Cobourg, which is a town which sits roughly 60 minutes outside of Toronto. More

Women, girls take UN center stage
Womens Enews
Policy making currents are washing around girls and women at the U.N. now as a major rights proclamation turns 20 and a set of global development goals prepares to re-launch. Here's taking some stock of it all, including a quick sampling of major milestones since 1995. More