Forensic Nursing News
Jun. 13, 2013

May President's Corner

Polly Campbell, RN, BS, BA
Recenty, I have been reading about and dialoguing with friends and colleagues about 'dissent' – when differing opinions exist among the majority or disagreement exists about goals or methods. We’ve talked about our experiences regarding dissent on various boards and task forces, how we feel when encountering dissenting members, and how to reach consensus with dissenting members, etc. Read entire columnMore

Announcing Our 2013 Award Winners

Please join us in congratulating this year's IAFN 2013 Award Winners: Jennifer Pierce-Weeks — Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing Award; Jamie Ferrell — Distinguished Fellow Award; Janice DuMont — Vision Award; Jessica Draughon & Susan Loeb — Achievement Award; and Shalotta Sharp — Service Award.
We had an overwhelming number of nominations and would like to congratulate every candidate who was nominated and to convey our heartfelt gratitude for all your hard work and dedication to the forensic nursing profession! Learn MoreMore

IAFN Launches Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project

IAFN is pleased to announce the launch of the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project. Funded by Indian Health Service (IHS), this project will provide both web-based and live, in-person adult and pediatric SANE/SAFE and domestic violence training for healthcare professionals working at American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) funded healthcare facilities, IHS-funded hospitals, urban Indian healthcare facilities, or non-tribal hospitals that have referral agreements with AI/AN tribes.
If you work in any of these settings, we invite you to join us on our two monthly webinar series - one on the topic of child maltreatment, and another focusing on intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Free CMEs, CNEs, and CEUs will be offered for each webinar. Contact us at with questions.More

Free, 6-week Online SANE Sustainability Course

In partnership with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), IAFN is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from June 18-June 28 from US-based SANE program managers to apply to attend our free, 6-week online course addressing SANE Sustainability. The course will run August 12-September 20, 2013. Taught by nationally recognized experts — Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P and Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A — this course will provide education and skill building on issues of program sustainability, budgeting, staffing, and collaboration, as well as ongoing technical assistance and capacity building. Approximately 15 nursing contact hours (CE) will be awarded upon completion of the course. For more information, including application details, view this flyer or access it here.More

States accountable for investigating and preventing violence against women
UN News Centre
An independent United Nations human rights expert has stressed the need to hold States accountable not only for investigating acts of violence against women but also for failing to prevent such violence.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

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Communities around the world are planning events and activities for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2013. To help spread the word about what is going on in the U.S., the NCEA is collecting reports from individuals and organizations about what they’re planning this year. Let the NCEA know what you, your organization, and community are doing this year to raise awareness about elder abuse! More

New rules for forensic exam in sexual assaults
The Times of India
NAGPUR: The Maharashtra government has finally decided to implement new guidelines and format for forensic medical examination in sexual assault cases. More

The Huffington Post
Of all violent crimes in the United States, rape has the lowest reporting, arrest and prosecution rates. According to FBI crime data, rape has a 24 percent arrest rate - the lowest in nearly 40 years of tracking such information. More

Registration open for the National Sexual Assault Conference!
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is proud to host the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference in Los Angeles, California, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).More

Child sexual abuse: What the statistics tell us
The Guardian
Because data on sexual offenses is extremely important, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics announced in September last year that they would publish a joint statistical bulletin. Since data on sexual offenses is extremely difficult to find and verify, not to mention sensitive, they had to announce in November that those statistics would not be ready on time.More

New York assembly passes bill to classify anal and oral contact as rape, not just criminal sex act
New York Daily News
At the urging of a brave Bronx, New York, teacher brutally raped by a city cop, the state Assembly unanimously passed a bill to toughen the state’s rape laws. The so-called “rape is rape” bill would classify vaginal, anal and oral contact as rape. The latter two, under current state law, are considered criminal sexual conduct, not rape — a distinction some victims say lessens the perceived severity of the crime even though it carries the same criminal penalties.More

Sex-assault report leads state to check youth prisons
The Columbus Dispatch
The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics report ranked Ohio among four states with the highest sexual-assault rates against juveniles. Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility was second-worst in the nation, with a sexual-assault rate of 30.3 percent, the report found. The Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility (23.2 percent) and Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility (19.8 percent) were among 13 facilities with the highest rates. More