Forensic Nursing News
Jun. 6, 2013

Sex Trafficking A Clinical Guide for Nurses, Mary De Chesnay, Editor, Springer Publishing
By Joyce Foresman-Capuzzi, MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN, CPN, CTRN, CCRN, CPEN, SANE-A, EMT-P
A contemporary issue facing forensic nurses is that of sex trafficking or sex slavery. While many may think this form of slavery only occurs only on foreign shores, in dark back rooms, this is not accurate and the prudent forensic nurse must be prepared to confront this violent crime in their own backyard.More

Registration is now open for our International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice
Monday, October 21, 2013 - Thursday, October 24, 2013

What Will You Gain from This Year's Conference? Knowledge, Friendship, Contacts

Take advantage of the reduced rate for the Main Conference when you register between June 3 and July 31. The Early Bird Registration also offers the opportunity to register for the popular sessions before they fill up! In addition, for the first time ever, we are offering a Preconference Day of clinical, hands-on training. Register Early and Save!


Archived Webinar now available: The National Protocol, 2nd Edition - Impact on Policy and Practice
The webinar is now available in the IAFN Online Learning Center. This free online archived webinar details the latest update to the National Protocol, and highlights some of the new changes.More

Rape cases mistakenly thrown out of Court of Appeal
The Herald Sun
The Herald Sun understands prosecutors were unable to proceed with up to 12 cases after a Court of Appeal ruling in 2011 about directions given to a jury on whether a sleeping rape victim might have consented. The Court of Appeal threw out a rapist's conviction because the jury had not been told to consider whether the offender might have thought the sleeping woman wanted to have sex.More

The birth of forensic nursing
Advance for Nurses
How Virginia A. Lynch's determination to stop clinicians from unintentionally obstructing justice inspired a new nursing specialty. "After 30 years of experiencing the lightning strikes of 'Aha! Moments,' in the forensic sciences and merging these concepts into the science...More

FREE 2013 Monthly SAFE Case Review
Throughout 2013 members will be given free access to monthly adult/adolescent sexual assault forensic examiner case review for continuing education credit. Practicing nurse examiners around the country will provide detailed cases, images and treatment plans for your consideration....More

Facebook's turning point on sexual violence
In agreeing to crack down on images showing sexual violence toward women, the social media giant could pave the way, says Michelle Kinsey Bruns. More

Seven governments adopt statement on violence against women and girls at 66th World Health Assembly
World Health Organization
In the context of the annual gathering of the world's ministers of health, seven governments - Belgium, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, United States of America, and Zambia - issued a statement at the conclusion of a panel discussion declaring violence against women and girls "a major global public health, gender equality and human rights challenge, touching every country and every part of society" and proposing an agenda item on the topic for the 67 World Health Assembly.More

SVRI Update: 30 05 2013
This SVRI Update contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources.More

The Resource Spring/Summer 2013
The Resource offers articles and insights on current events and topics such as the Steubenville rape trial, the NO MORE campaign, 1in6’s 1BlueString Campaign, tips for sustaining activism and new findings from a national needs assessment on how to engage Spanish-speaking communities.More

New OLTI module on VAWA forensic compliance: 'The earthquake in sexual assault response'
The purpose of this module is to increase understanding of the forensic compliance provisions in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). These provisions originally appeared in the 2005 reauthorization of VAWA and they remain in place - with a few modifications - in the most recent reauthorization of VAWA, which was signed into law on March 7, 2013.More

Military's sexual assault problem has deep roots
The Guardian
"The military says they have zero tolerance, but in fact that's not true," said Dr. Katherine Scheirman, a retired Air Force colonel with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. and abroad. "Having a sexual assault case in your unit is considered something bad, so commanders have had an incredible incentive not to destroy their own careers by prosecuting someone."More

University of Virginia nursing professor developing rape kit dye
News Wise
University of Virginia Nursing professor Kathryn Laughon is testing a new dye that will better reveal tissue lacerations and abrasions for women of color who have been raped. The blue dye currently used on all women examined after a suspected sexual assault works well on light-skinned women, but not as well on dark-skinned women.More