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Reporting on rape kit backlog leads to new law and arrests in Ohio
This is fresh air. I'm Terry Gross. Many rapists who were never convicted might have been if only there had been follow-up on the evidence that was collected. When a woman is raped, she has the option of having a nurse collect forensic evidence in what's known as a rape kit, which includes evidence that might reveal the rapist's DNA.
My guest, Rachel Dissell, discovered that in her state, Ohio, thousands of rape kits, dating back to 1993, were being stored, untested, with no follow-up.
CSI SA: The creepy-crawly cops
Pienaar is a forensic entomologist who helps to establish the time of death in police cases. Often the kind of insect discovered on a body and the level of decomposition indicate how and when the victim died.
What Pienaar found on the body of eight-year-old Kiana Williams was the maggot of a fly that appeared to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sixth District: Proper to use Facebook photo to convict double murder suspect
Court News Ohio
A survivor of a robbery identified the Toledo man who shot him and killed another by the shooter’s Facebook profile page. An Ohio appeals court affirmed the shooter’s life sentence, finding that despite claims social media posts can be faked, posts can be used as evidence.
The Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Traquawn Gibson for the 2012 murders of his ex-girlfriend and of a man he and two others tried to rob.
Helping front-line nurses help suicidal patients
Assessing an individual's risk of suicide is a challenging task for nurses. Due to their front-line role in the healthcare system, nurses are usually the first health professionals to assess if an individual is at risk of suicide.
"Risk assessments are complex and require sophisticated nursing skills," says Santa Mina. "Generally, suicide is a taboo topic to discuss and suicide risk is often fluid. Although there are rating scales that attempt to quantify risk level, their numeric, linear approach provides limited understanding of an individual's context that identifies one who is at risk of taking his or her life."
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Stop plucking scalp and pubic hair from sexual assault victims: N.S. advocates demand updated rape kit
“Pluck 80 to 100 scalp hairs, two to three at a time, which can be done with a minimum of discomfort by grasping between the thumb and the forefinger, and giving a gentle, steady pull.”
Those are the instructions for how to collect a sexual assault victim’s DNA, according to the official RCMP rape kit. The kit also instructs the examiner to pluck 30 pubic hairs from the victim.
KU greeks react to Sexual Assault Task Force suggestions, plan their own changes
The Kansas University Sexual Assault Task Force has recommended changes that would turn upside-down firmly-rooted fraternity and sorority practices at KU.
Student greek leaders — who announced a sexual assault prevention program of their own — oppose the suggestions and say they’re miffed the task force didn’t ask for their input.
Work-life balance in healthcare: The fundamentals
By Catherine Iste
People in careers that revolve around helping others are often the worst at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Healthcare workers are some of the most challenged employees when it comes to self-care, yet they spend every day helping others with health challenges.
It seems to be a common personality trait among those driven to help others that they put others first. Yet time and again we have all seen that if we take care of ourselves, we can actually help others more.
Welcome to the ER: Nurses discuss life in the emergency room
No one wants to wind up in an emergency room. At least not as a patient.
But there’s a group of dedicated, talented, fun-loving and hard-working people who show up day in and day out to ensure that their patients have the best experience possible while in the emergency department.
Thank you to everyone who made our 2015 international conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses a huge success!
In fact, this year's conference was our biggest yet, with 1,811 professionals representing all 50 states, as well as 1 U.S. territory, and 13 countries. The representation by professional discipline was equally diverse.
Woman helps to catch mugger with forensic knowledge picked up on CSI
The Northern Echo
A mugger who attacked a fan of a television crime show was caught because she preserved vital DNA evidence he left on her clothes.
Ross Edmunds subjected the 46-year-old care worker to a terrifying ordeal when he grabbed her by the throat in a dark alley in Stanley, County Durham.
He punched her in the head and tried to grab her bag while she was on her rounds, visiting elderly people in the area.
Is nursing really for everyone?
By Joan Spitrey
Nursing student Jennifer Burbella recently filed a lawsuit against Misericordia University after failing a required class for the second time. The lawsuit claims she suffered from severe anxiety, depression and poor concentration and was not given appropriate accommodations during her final exam. This story has created a firestorm of opinions. But most seem to come back to the same questions — Is nursing really for everyone? Just because someone "wants" to be a nurse, is he/she really cut out for the occupation?
Study: Sexual assaults on the decline but are still severely under-reported
Sexual violence, while still under-reported, is on the decline and disproportionately affects women who never make it to college, finds a new American analysis that adds context to a highly charged continent-wide conversation.
The collection of papers from the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that shares academic research on families with the public, explores the “tricky business” of parsing the real trends and concerns of an issue that has taken on new urgency in the past year, in light of the Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby scandals and numerous high-profile cases of sexual assault on campus.
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