8 Oct 2020

Hawai’i Island SART and the “Aloha Spirit”

Authored by Stephanie Bates Crisis Coordinator of the YWCA of Hawai’i Island Sexual Assault Support Services program   Aloha! I would like to share with my mainlander colleagues how our sexual assault response teams’ (SARTs’) practice of the “Aloha Spirit” has made a difference to survivors. All SART members work to ensure the “Aloha Spirit”...
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27 Jan 2020

USVI Group Hosts SAFE Training

By Khnuma Simmonds, B.A., M.A.E. Executive Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council   The U.S. Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC), partnering with the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center of St. Croix (JFL) and the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center of St. Thomas (RLS), kicked...
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17 Sep 2019

Duluth MN: A Sexual Assault Response Reform Leader

In July 2018, the Minneapolis StarTribune reported about shortcomings related to the way in which sexual assault investigations are handled in Minnesota. The story led (now former) Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to form a multidisciplinary task force to address the issues highlighted in the newspaper article. The Minnesota Rape Investigations Task Force found complex...
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11 Oct 2018

You can drive SART awareness and support victims in your community

Nationwide and in your community, #MeToo and other movements are bringing the crime of sexual assault to the forefront. Many people are gaining a better understanding of and perspective on the issue. Clearly, the #MeToo movement has been further energized by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Her statement and...
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10 Sep 2018

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women impacts positive change

Authored by: Deleana OtherBull, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Our mission The mission of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women is to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change. For the past 22 years we’ve worked to achieve that mission by: Supporting community-based solutions...
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19 Jul 2018

Congress Strikes Blow Against Online Sex Trafficking

Authored by: Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Policy and Research, National Center on Sexual Exploitation At roughly 2:00 AM on a day in 1990, Patrick Trueman, then Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) at the U.S. Department of Justice, was surprised to find himself stuck in a traffic jam. Where was...
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5 Jun 2018

Preventing the Growing Cancer of Sexual Assault

Authored by: Robert D. Shadley, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret), a consultant, speaker, and author.   My June 2017 blog focused primarily on sexual misconduct in the U.S. military, using the experience that we gained uncovering multiple cases of sexual assault and rape at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland,...
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2 Nov 2017

The heart and soul of SARS has left us

In 1979, two years after I started the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) in Minneapolis and what was to become the SANE-SART model, an unassuming but extremely qualified woman walked into my office to apply for the grant manager/office manager position. Little did Susan Valentine know what she was getting into — and little did...
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19 Oct 2017

Should nude photos be taken as part of the SANE exam?

Authored by Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, PhD, FAAN, and Kim Day, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nursing Director, International Association of Forensic Nurses While performing a clinical training just this month the nurses shared that during their recent didactic training at another site they had been told they should take pictures of the front and...
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28 Sep 2017

What should be documented as a part of the SANE/SAFE Evidentiary Examination?

By Linda E. Ledray, RN, SANE-A, PhD, FAAN, Director, SANE-SART Resource Service Prior to the development of SANE programs in the mid-1970s the paperwork in the evidentiary exam kits was developed by crime laboratories with the intent of obtaining the information the laboratory needed to analyze the evidence collected in the kit. Most kits also...
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