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Rural 40-Hour SANE/SART Adult-Adolescent Course
KCSDV held its Rural 40-Hour SANE/SART Course from December 2-6, 2013 at the Sternberg Museum in Hays. Twenty-seven participants attended, including representatives of hospital-based SANE programs, law enforcement, child advocacy centers, and community-based victim advocacy programs. Participants came from Dodge City, Elkhart, Ellis, Great Bend, Goodland, Hays, Larned, Liberal, Marion, Scott City, and WaKeeney. The event was co-sponsored by the following community-based advocacy programs: The Crisis Center of Dodge City; Family Crisis Services in Garden City; Family Crisis Center in Great Bend; Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services in Hays; and Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services.
For those of us who live in urban or suburban Kansas, we aren’t likely to forget the vast rural land that makes up the majority of our great state. Whether it’s our rural-residing family members and friends, the livestock and fields of crop that fill our grocery stores, or the beautiful rural sunsets –we are constantly reminded of the important contributions of our rural Kansas counties. What we don’t talk about enough are the additional barriers that rural communities face when addressing societal issues such as sexual violence.
Thanks to an Office on Violence against Women (OVW) Rural grant—awarded to the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)—four Kansas domestic and sexual violence victim advocacy programs that are member programs of KCSDV have been working to remove those barriers and to increase their capacity to serve sexual violence survivors. With KCSDV’s assistance, each participating program has completed intensive assessments and action planning surrounding their sexual assault services. All four rural programs defined the focus of their participation in this rural grant project based on their community and program needs regarding sexual assault services to victims.
Family Crisis Services (FCS)
Garden City Kansas’s local program, Family Crisis Services (FCS), is one such agency. FCS has a unique community makeup due to the food processing employment opportunities and the relocation of refugee and immigrant communities to its seven-county service area. FCS has chosen to focus on increasing visibility and accessibility of sexual assault services to their refugee and immigrant populations and plans to continue to collaborate with community organizations like their Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and St. Catherine Hospital’s SANE program.
Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services (LARCDVS)
Another participating program is Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services (LARCDVS). LARCDVS, serving the most southwest counties in Kansas, has chosen to solidify relationships with law enforcement in their service area, expanding on their already existing Police Response Advocacy program. LARCDVS also hopes to offer more community education presentations, focusing on sexual violence response on the programmatic and community levels.
Crisis Center of Dodge City (CCDC)
The Crisis Center of Dodge City (CCDC), the third program participating in the project, plans to increase their capacity to serve sexual violence victims by funding a sexual assault advocate position. This position will allow CCDC to be more active in the community through more direct sexual assault services training that will be provided to staff and volunteers at the program.
Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
The final program participating is the Options program located in Hays. Options has chosen to focus its efforts on providing comprehensive training for community members around sexual violence as well as launching a media campaign to occur during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2015. Options serves Kansas’ largest square mile area made up of the most northwest counties. The program plans to spread out their outreach and community education efforts in as many of their eighteen counties as possible.
These four rural programs and their commitment to sexual assault victims will have a lasting effect on the way comprehensive services are created and implemented.
- Family Crisis Services
Garden City, Kansas
- Crisis Center of Dodge City
Dodge City, Kansas
- Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services
- Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
New Report on Victims Released
On February 26, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report on Intimate Partner Violence in the United States 2010. It describes the prevalence and context of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization using data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings discuss IPV victimization, frequency, severity, patterns, need for services, and impacts.
The report details that sexual violence is common among intimate partners. Nearly 1 in 10 women in the United States (9.4%) has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug-facilitated completed penetration. In addition, about 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men in the U.S. have experienced sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
The CDC’s Injury Center developed NISVS to collect accurate and reliable incidence and prevalence estimates for intimate partner violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking victimization. The findings from NISVS are the most up-to-date information on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence in the United States to date.
New Curriculum Available
Non-profit organization Legal Momentum has released its newest model curriculum, Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations: What Are They and What Can They Tell the Courts?, created by Legal Momentum’s award-winning National Judicial Education Program. While a medical forensic sexual assault examination and the testimony of a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) can provide very useful information for the judge and jury, there are important legal limitations on the scope of SANE testimony and what the examination findings can actually prove. Therefore, this curriculum provides information about the medical forensic sexual assault exam and explores some of the legal issues surrounding adult sexual assault cases.
Topics covered include:
- The need for specialized health care professionals to treat sexual assault victims
- How SANEs are trained and their role as neutral healthcare providers
- The components of a medical forensic sexual assault examination and the types of information it can yield
- The role of suspect examinations in evidence collection
- How to evaluate SANEs’ qualifications to present expert witness testimony
- The legally permissible scope of SANE testimony
- Recommendations for judges and others
Kansas SANE List Serve
The purpose of the Kansas SANE list serve is a forum for SANEs in Kansas to share information, resources, best practices, generate ideas and network on issues related to forensic nursing, sexual violence, Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiners and their programs. It also seeks to promote a collaborative learning environment within the state.
The list is moderated, meaning that when you send a message to the list it will first be reviewed by a moderator before being forwarded to the list. Laurie Harrison at KCSDV is the moderator for the Kansas SANE list serve and she does her best to ensure that content is appropriate, unnecessary emails are avoided and the list guidelines are being followed. While moderators try to keep up with posts and forward them to the list as quickly as possible, please be patient if there is a delay.
IAFN Kansas Chapter
The IAFN Sunflower Chapter, renamed the Kansas Chapter last fall, continues to meet quarterly in various locations across Kansas. Members can receive continuing education credits for presentations provided at chapter meetings. Other member benefits include discounted registration fees to local chapter events and national IAFN memberships, opportunities for leadership roles within forensic nursing, networking opportunities with other SANEs in Kansas, and many more.
Visit the IAFN Kansas Chapter's Facebook page for more information.
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