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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13 Mar 2017

The Fundamentals of SART and MDT Success

Authored By Sgt. Jim Markey (Retired), Phoenix Police Department Sex Crimes Unit   The Fundamentals of SART and MDT Success For many years, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the sexual assault response teams (SARTs) and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that work to improve community response to sexual violence. The SART and...
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21 Nov 2016

Meeting the Challenges of SANE Nursing in a Prison System

Authored By Masonda Wheatley, RN, CCHP, SANE Nurse Coordinator, Corizon Health   Prison rape Rape in prison is a reality that too often goes unreported. In Missouri’s prison system, our SANE nurse program is making victims more willing to report the crime, receive the forensic exam they are entitled to under the Prison Rape Elimination Act...
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13 Oct 2016

Tell Your Story; it’s Important

Authored By Sara Grossman, Communications Manager, The Matthew Shepard Foundation (https://www.matthewshepard.org)   Before joining the team at the Matthew Shepard Foundation, I was working for a start-up that had created a device to help victims of sexual assault feel safer. It’s a simple product: a button that connects to an app on your phone via...
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19 Sep 2016

The Value of Persistence

Authored By Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason, Executive Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC).   As I began to think about the challenges and successes of establishing a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I searched for quotes that could clearly express the importance of persistence as it pertained...
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19 Jul 2016

Rosebud Sioux SART a model of success for Indian Country

Recently, I had the pleasure of working on-site with sexual assault nurse examiner and advocate SART participants at the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. After the 40-hour event, each candidate was awarded didactic CEUs for their respective disciplines and will take their place in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe SART, which is sponsored by the...
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6 Jun 2016

How Sexual Assault Impacts LGBTQ+ Lives

Authored By: The Matthew Shepard Foundation (https://www.matthewshepard.org)   In 1998, then 21-year-old University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die in a field outside Laramie, Wyoming. His death shocked the nation, the media and ultimately the world. Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matt’s parents, established the Matthew Shepard...
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26 Apr 2016

Protecting Our Nation’s Youngest Victims

Authored By: Kori Stephens, Project Director, Midwest Regional Children’s Advoacy Center (MRCAC)   April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month — 30 days that recognize the need to protect the most vulnerable children in our community. It is our collective responsibility to prevent abuse from occurring and to assist children and families who have suffered abuse...
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