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Danielle Leukam's New Book Release

Danielle Leukam’s New Book Release

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.

Join Danielle Leukam and celebrate the release of her new book, The First Sister. 
December 11th
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Workshop
1232 3rd Ave SE,
Rochester, MN 55904

DANIELLE LEUKAM, 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 …
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Podcast on Touch DNA

Podcast on Touch DNA

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, and Heather Mills, Forensic Scientist Manager at the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services, in the episode they discuss evidence collection in sexual assault groping cases. 

As touch DNA evidence collection continues to develop, sexual assault nurse examiners and forensic scientists are poised to improve the investigation of sexual assault groping cases.  In their recently published article Evidence Collection and Analysis for Touch DNA in Groping and Sexual Assault Cases, Dr. Julie Valentine and Heather Mills explore the application of touch DNA evidence collection to sexual assault investigation, specifically associated with a groping case. Listen along as they discuss their article, the advent of touch DNA technology, and the importance of interdepartmental cooperation in this episode of Just Science. 

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2021 and 2022 Clinical Skills Labs

2021 and 2022 Clinical Skills Labs

 Clinical Skills Lab 

New sessions have been added:

Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday 0800-1700


____December 4-5, 2021 


____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.

Course Location
Regions Hospital EMS
680 Hale Ave …
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Victims of Sexual Assault: Your Rights and Resources

Victims of Sexual Assault: Your Rights and Resources

The notice provided to sexual assault victims by hospitals has been updated.

The English version of the notice is available in PDF and Word formats on the Professional Resources page of the OJP website.  Spanish, Somali, and Hmong versions areavailable too.

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:

  1. All unrestricted kits will be tested.
  2. All restricted kits will be sent to the BCA.
  3. The BCA must develop a statewide tracking system of sexual assault examination kits.
  4. The BCA must develop …
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IAFN Strangulation Toolkit

IAFN Strangulation Toolkit

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.

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Inside the News Podcast

Inside the News Podcast

Inside the News Podcast 

A joint podcast of the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio takes listeners inside news coverage for the series “Denied Justice” with Star Tribune reporters and editors.
WCCO Radio’s Jordana Green is the host.

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