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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16 Jun 2017

Eradicating the Cancer of Sexual Assault in the Military

Authored by: Robert D. Shadley, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret), a consultant, speaker, and author.   Two decades ago, I served as the Commanding General of the U. S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. During my command, my staff uncovered what amounted to a sexual crime ring. Non-commissioned officer drill sergeants...
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8 May 2017

My Documentary Aims to Break the “Contract of Silence”

Authored by: Danijela Stajnfeld, survivor and filmmaker. View her website: https://www.holdmerightfilm.com/ Why do survivors feel guilty when they are sexually assaulted? What makes them feel like they are somehow at fault? What keeps survivors from coming forward? A major part of the reason is that our society is still guided by false assumptions about sexual assault....
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4 Apr 2017

What You Need to Know About What Rape Victims Need from You

Authored by: Amy Oestreicher, survivor, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, actress.  amyoes.com I grew up believing that my entire life would be dedicated to the performing arts. Now, I’m a survivor and “thriver” of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma – or what I now call my “beautiful...
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