Forensic Nurses News
Dec. 26, 2013

New bill requires hospitals to keep sex assault nurses on staff
Beaumont Enterprise
From Aug. 24, 2013: Some of the most important decisions rape victims will make about their cases often occur in the hours immediately after their assault, when the trauma is still fresh and decision making processes can be muddled. Brenda Garrison, a certified sexual assault nurse examiner, has seen too many cases where a victim of rape seeks treatment and is referred to her, but never arrives - whether because they lacked transportation from the hospital or for other causes. More

National Institute of Justice: Research, development, evaluation
The National Institute of Justice
From Sept. 12, 2013: Study Confirms that LGBT Teens Are at Higher Risk of Being Victims of Dating Violence. More

New rules for forensic exam in sexual assaults
The Times of India
From June 4, 2013: NAGPUR: The Maharashtra government has finally decided to implement new guidelines and format for forensic medical examination in sexual assault cases.More

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
From June 6, 2013: 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

The birth of forensic nursing
Advance for Nurses
From May 24, 2013: 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 of nursing there has been a continuous mélange of beauty and excitement in an often dark and frightening place." More

Delhi court hands down death penalty to 4 in gang rape case
From Sept. 3, 2013: An Indian judge sentenced four men to death for the fatal gang rape of a student aboard a moving bus in New Delhi in an attack that triggered global outrage. More

Evaluating sexual assault nurse examiner programs
From July 29, 2013: To help improve post-assault care for victims, communities around the country have implemented Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs, which offer a multidisciplinary, victim-centered response. Through these programs, specially trained nurses provide crisis intervention and emotional support, health care, injury detection and treatment, and forensic medical evidence collection in hospital emergency departments or community-based clinics. More than 600 SANE programs now exist throughout the United States and Canada. More

Activists: Get rid of 'degrading' parts of India's sexual assault exam
From Feb. 6, 2013: With a glaring spotlight on sexual violence after a fatal gang-rape case, a high-profile government panel has joined women's rights advocates in demanding changes to India's sexual assault medical exam. Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures.More

New DNA recovery method highlighted
Sorenson Forensics
From Sept. 9, 2013: Processing with the M-VAC allowed the minimal amounts of male DNA to be collected despite overwhelming female/victim DNA, exposure to the effects of water and limited amount of cellular material (contact and/or "touch" DNA).More

Pearly penile papules
Young Men's Health
From Feb. 7, 2013: It's perfectly normal to be a bit worried if you notice any small growths on your penis. It's possible that you might have pearly penile papules, or if you've ever had sexual contact, you could have genital warts. Read on to learn more about PPP.More