SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSIC EXAMINER TRAINING

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County examiner teams represented included Butte, Stanislaus, Sacramento, El Dorado, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Shasta, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, Placer, San Francisco, Yuba, Merced, and Riverside.

This five-day SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) training program focuses on fundamental forensic medical examination procedures and techniques for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on skill stations on the fourth day.  The training takes place at the renovated 1929 Elks Building in downtown Sacramento in the specially designed training center and a ballroom with separate rooms for each skills station.

Using the Cal OES 2-923 Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Report Form and the California Medical Protocol for Examination of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse Victims, this course is designed for the inexperienced examiner and teaches basic knowledge, skills and abilities.  The Cal OES 2-923 is the standard form required for use in California and has been adopted by many other states, the United States Military, and other countries. See our website at www.cccfmtc.org for further information.

NEXT TRAINING SCHEDULED            
September 8-12, 2014

COURSE FEE:   
California Residents $350.00 / Out-of-State $500.00

TRAINING LOCATION:              
921 11th Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact Sheila Cavanagh to register at: sheila.cavanagh@ccfmtc.org

California Suspect Forensic Medical Report Form Now Required: Cal OES 2-950

Suspect Exam DVDSuspect Exam Training DVD Now Available!

California Penal Code Section 11160.1 now requires healthcare providers performing sexual assault suspect examinations to use the standard state form, Cal OES 2-950 to record findings. CCFMTC has developed a training DVD for performing these exams.

This DVD, The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination: An Overview of the Suspect
Examination is now available for $29.99 plus shipping at our online store.

The purpose of this training DVD is to provide an overview of the sexual assault suspect clinical forensic medical examination for all disciplines, and provides information about the detailed nature and scope of the examination process and procedures. Viewers will learn how to anticipate, recognize, collect, manage, preserve evidence, and understand the necessity of a timely examination.

Develop Policies Regarding Performance of Suspect Exams

Hospitals and SAFE/SANE teams are not required to conduct suspect exams. It is, however, in the best interest of the community if these exams are performed locally. Prior agreements and protocols should be established between local law enforcement agencies, SAFE/SANE teams, hospitals, or contracted professionals to conduct these examinations and to ensure coordination.

If suspect exams are provided by the SAFE/SANE team:

  • Develop procedures to ensure that victims do not come in contact with the suspect if the exams are conducted at the same time at the same facility.
  • Develop back-up procedures to ensure that the same examiner does not perform both the victim and the suspect exam. (This is a best practice, but may not be realistic in some jurisdictions.)
  • Consult the California Medical Protocol for Examination of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse Victims for guidance on conducting suspect exams. The required suspect exam form Cal OES 2-950: Forensic Medical Report: Sexual Assault Suspect Examination and instructions for performance of these exams can be obtained at www.ccfmtc.org and www.caloes.ca.gov.

This training DVD contains chapters on:

  • Medical and forensic history
  • Forensic and medical examination
  • Clothing collection
  • Forensic photography
  • Wood’s Lamp evaluation

Available DVDs from CCFMTC:

  1. Compassionate Care: An Overview Of The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination For Healthcare Providers.
  2. Compassionate Care: An Overview Of The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination For Criminal Justice Professionals And Victim Advocates
  3.  Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exam: Procedures And Techniques
  4. Examination Techniques For Medical Providers In Cases Of Child And Teen Sexual Abuse: Building Rapport And Maximizing Exam Effectiveness
  5. Cuidado Con Compasión: Una Revision Del Examen Medico Forense Para Casos De Agresión Sexual Para Profesionales De La Salud
  6. Cuidado Con Compasión: Una Revision Del Examen Medico Forense Para Casos De Agresión Sexual Para Profesionales En Justicia Criminal Y Defensores De Victimas

Available Publications:

  1. California SART Manual 2013 Edition
  2. California SART Report: Taking Sexual Assault Response Teams To The Next Level.

For more information or to purchase this or other training DVDs please visit our online store: www.ccfmtc.org

Speaking Out Challenges the Mindset that Lets Rape Persist

World Health OrganizationThe World Health Organization estimates that 35 percent of women worldwide have been sexually assaulted or subjected to domestic violence.

For a window into rape culture from an international perspective, consider an 11-year-old girl named Flevian, who says that her grandfather was raping her almost daily since she was in the first grade in Nairobi, Kenya.

She’s brilliant, and, even as she lived with constant abuse and fear, she alternated between first and second in her class of more than 100. Flevian says she could have done better if she hadn’t been terrified of her grandfather’s threats to cut her throat if she told anyone about the rapes.

Yet her family and community didn’t seem to take the issue seriously, and the Kenyan police haven’t taken sexual violence seriously.

In the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, where Flevian lives, many residents say that for a majority of women, their first sexual experience is rape.

Rapes happen because women and girls are devalued and blamed.  Rape especially thrives when it is a taboo to discuss sexual assault and child sexual abuse.  Now more and more survivors are speaking out.  In Nairobi, there were public protests late last year after a group of young men who brutally gang-raped a 16-year-old girl were “punished” by being made to cut the grass at a police station.

That’s a lesson for the world, including the United States.  Socio-cultural change is needed to erode the sense of male entitlement, build up female empowerment, support victims/survivors, impose appropriate criminal punishment, and ensure social justice for all.

One step that the United States can take is for Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. This would not require new spending, but has been stalled for years by a combination of lack of interest and perplexing hard-line Republican opposition.

Passage of the International VAWA Act will not solve the pathologies of sexual violence, but it will elevate the issue and show support for victims/survivors like Ida and Flevian who need public support.

For additional information, check with the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley. (hrc.berkeley.edu)