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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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 »

Different Types of Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses

In consideration to the rising issue of sexual assault, prevention efforts have been made in campuses across the country within the last several years. Prevention efforts target three main audiences: potential perpetrators, potential victims, and bystanders. We will break down how prevention efforts are catered to each of these audiences and their rate of success, as outlined in our latest textbook, Sexual Assault 2E, Volume 3: Special Settings and Survivor Populations.Read More »

Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities

Since the establishment of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003 and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC), the issue of sexual assault in correctional facilities (including prison, jail, juvenile detention, etc.) has been addressed with the goal in mind to reduce the rate of assaults, protect individuals at risk, and prevent it from happening in the first place. In our new Sexual Assault Second Edition, Volume 3, we have information that specifically tackles the issue of sexual assault in correctional facilities and suggests ways to promote safety, making reporting easier for victims.Read More »

Unique Dynamics and Barriers in Sexual Assault Cases

After the act of assault, around 70% of victims do not go on to report the incident according to RAINN. There are several reasons why victims do not report, many of which are fueled by fear and dismissal. Reasons include fear of not being believed, concern their victimization might be made public, fear of physical repercussions by the perpetrator, fear of re-victimization during legal procedures, and the lack of ability to identify oneself as a victim.Read More »