Oct. 2, 2008
Workshop will reinforce sexual assault response
Ethical and legal aspects of responses to sexual assault will be discussed at a Friday, Oct. 3, conference sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
SART team members, including sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), law enforcement officers, attorneys, advocates and those from other disciplines working with sexual assault victims will gather at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City to discuss current practice, emerging issues and helpful strategies for improving outcomes in sexual assault. This is the third year for the conference, which attracts professionals from throughout eastern Iowa.
Special guest faculty speaker Harry W. Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent: Beyond 'But We Were Both Drinking.'"
Pamela Terrill, coordinator of the JCSART and the SANE Program, says a multidisciplinary faculty will cover a variety of topics. "We have presenters from the State Attorney General's Office, State Division of Criminal Investigation, as well as the UI College of Nursing," Terrill said.
Issues explored will include ethical and legal issues surrounding alleged sexual assault cases, dealing with the media, online predators, DNA analysis and post-traumatic stress disorder.
"The SART program was formed several years ago to provide a coordinated response to sexual assault incidences," said Terrill, who is employed part time by the UI College of Nursing. "We all work together -- advocates, nurses, hospital E.R. personnel, law enforcement and the county attorney's office."
The program is supported by a grant from the Crime Victim Assistance Division of the Iowa State Attorney General's Office with matching support from UI Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Hospital.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
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