Danielle spoke at the recent MNCASA SANE trainings and the MN IAFN October 2021 Education Event.
She shared her experience of the assault, the investigation, the SANE exam, and her journey to activism.
In her book “Four Pounds of Pressure: A Memoir of Rape, Survival, and Taking Back My Power” Danielle takes back
her power by releasing the weight of suppression about what it’s like to rebuild after a violation so severe.
But she is proof there is hope.
Through the ups-and-downs of her compelling story, Danielle is advocating for systematic change
and a world of compassion for survivors like her.
You can purchase her books here.
Danielle’s new book, The First Sister is available for purchase here
Danielle, a Minnesota native,
is the author of Four Pounds of Pressure: A
Memoir of Rape, Survival, and Taking Back My
Power, and Fly Like a Girl: Adventures of Erin
and Brad. Despite her passion for writing since
early childhood, it wasn’t until Danielle survived
a heinous sexual assault attack in her home in
2018 that she finally pursued her dream of
becoming an author.
While pursuing her career as a full-time nurse,
and single mother, Danielle is also a writer and
blogger who advocates against sexual violence.
She serves on the Survivor Advisory Group to
the Governor of Minnesota.
Now, Danielle plans to continue writing, public
speaking, and advocating. Follow her journey
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence Podcast, Just Science interviewed Dr. Julie Valentine, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Brigham Young University in the College of Nursing and certified sexual assault nurse forensic examiner, to discuss the use of at-home sexual assault kits.
As a researcher in sexual assault response reform and a sexual assault nurse examiner, Dr. Valentine is a subject matter expert on collecting evidence in sexual assault cases. In this podcast, Dr. Valentine discusses her work in sexual assault response reform and her perspective on the role of at-home sexual assault kits in sexual assault cases.
Clinical Skills Lab
New sessions have been added:
Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday 0800-1700
____February 26-27, 2022
____ April 9-10, 2022
____ May 21-22, 2022
____ September 17-18, 2022
____ November 5-6, 2022
Link for Registration form
Have you taken the 40-hour SANE course but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients? If so, this 16-hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab is for you.
This 16-hour Clinical Skills Lab will provide the nurse hands-on Sexual Assault Examination training with live models. The Skills lab includes training and practice on pelvic speculum insertion, obtaining a medicolegal history, evidence collection and handling, anoscopy, and photography. The Skills Lab will provide training and practice with developing a plan of care, discharge/safety planning, and risk assessment for STI’s, pregnancy, and HIV with discussions regarding options for prophylaxis of each. This Clinical Skills Lab is designed to provide clinical practice to nurses who are new SANEs or SANEs who have not had the opportunity to perform many exams. The Skills Lab will increase the nurse’s skill and confidence with performing medical forensic examination of the adult and adolescent sexual assault patient.
This offering has been approved for 16.0 nursing continuing education contact hours. The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Regions Hospital EMS
680 Hale Ave North, Suite 230
The notice provided to sexual assault victims by hospitals has been updated.
The notice to sexual assault victims was created in 2014 and updated in 2018 following a change in the law. Legislation that passed in 2020 has changed the kit testing landscape significantly, requiring another update of the notice. In particular, the new law requires the following:
- All unrestricted kits will be tested.
- All restricted kits will be sent to the BCA.
- The BCA must develop a statewide tracking system of sexual assault examination kits.
- The BCA must develop …
The Strangulation Toolkit provides the forensic nurse with detailed guidance on assessment techniques, documentation, and evidence collection for this patient population. This toolkit also provides documents such as discharge instructions and sample policies that can be adjusted to best suit your institution and your forensic practice.