Evidence Collection in Sexual Assault

In the aftermath of a sexual assault or rape, evidence is collected from the victim by a forensic nurse for a number of reasons. It can confirm sexual contact, confirm that force or coercion was used, and identify the suspect through DNA. Ideally, the evidence collected can help catch the criminal responsible in a timely manner to prevent further crime. As outlined in our Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, this post explores what evidence is collected and injuries that are documented from SANE/SAFE personnel. Read More »

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Defining Failure to Thrive

As a child grows, there are standards of what normal growth is and can be used to determine when a child is falling behind. Failure to thrive, which can occur from neglect, is when a child does not grow as the same rate as his/her peers. Because of its interconnection with neglect, this post will explore further definition, diagnosis, and treatment as illustrated in Child Abuse Quick Reference 3E. Read More »

Debunking Myths About Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse litter the news on a weekly basis, each one as heartbreaking as the next. Through these stories, and its portrayal in other media, we build assumptions on what the circumstances must be for abuse to happen. However, these assumptions are not entirely accurate and can hinder the credibility of cases that break out of these stereotypes. Outlined in Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2E, this post explores common myths around child abuse and the truth behind them.Read More »

Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma

Children under the age of five are the most likely to be affected by abusive head trauma, sometimes resulting in long-term injury or death. Fortunately, abusive head trauma is preventable when parents know the right information about infant behavior, the right audiences are addressed with hands-on training, and awareness of the frustrations of care-giving are brought to the surface. Featured in our abusive head trauma titles, here are some ways to prevent abusive head trauma. Read More »

Defining Medical Neglect in Children

Physical neglect in children is more recognized due to the apparent visibility. The same can go for medical neglect, which is why the two are typically associated when discussing neglect. However, medical neglect deserves distinction due to its handling in the health care setting. As outlined in the Nursing Approach to Child Maltreatment 2E, here are some basic facts and definitions about medical neglect. Read More »

Trauma, Stress, Crisis, and Memory After Sexual Assault

When someone comes forward with a case of assault, it can be difficult forĀ others to fully understand the experience of the survivor and the lives they have to live moving forward. We have touched before on related topics, like how to help victims, the barriers some face, and how damaging abuse like this can be. With information outlined in our Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, we can look into some of the mental disruption sexual assault causes and how sexual assault is categorized as a traumatic event. Read More »