PREA 115.65: How to Have a Successful Coordinated Response to Sexual Abuse
This webinar will be presented by Monica DiGiandomenico, Angelita Olowu, Susan Chasson
Monica is a senior program specialist with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). She contributes to several areas of the PRC’s work, including Auditor Continuing Education and Support, Field Training Program, and Training and Technical Assistance Program. Prior to joining the PRC, Monica was the PREA coordinator for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. She was responsible for leading the department’s efforts toward PREA implementation and compliance. Previously, she was a contracted investigator/outreach specialist for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, working to protect the civil rights of people and pro actively reform models, practices, and policies for constitutional policing nationwide. Monica has had the opportunity to work for both sides of the judicial system as a law enforcement officer and defense criminal investigator. She has 10 years of law enforcement and investigative experience.
Susan is the Statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. For more than 25 years she has helped hospitals and communities create programs for providing health care to victims of violence in Utah. She provides care to patients across the lifespan as a family nurse practitioner at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic in Provo. She is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Wasatch Forensic Nurses and the Utah County Children’s Justice Center. Working closely with the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the American College of Emergency Physicians and many other content experts, Susan was the lead consultant on the OVC-TTAC SANE Program Development and Operation Guide. Susan is the Immediate Past President of IAFN.
Angelita Olowu is a Forensic Nurse with 12 years of nursing experience. She holds dual certifications as a SANE-A and a SANE-P. Currently, Angelita is a Forensic Nursing Specialist at the International Association of Forensic Nurses. In this role she serves as a content expert, provides technical assistance on the recommendations within both the National Adolescent/Adult and Pediatric SAFE Protocols. In addition, Angelita teaches Indian Health Service and IAFN Adolescent/Adult and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner didactic and clinical education. In her previous role as a fulltime forensic nurse at Hillcrest Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Angelita provided education and leadership to the forensic nursing staff. She also provided guidance around her patient population to the Hospital and the community partners. Angelita has a background in Trauma and Emergency nursing. In her role as a forensic nurse she served patients whom have been victimized by sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, elder maltreatment, human trafficking, strangulation, physical assaults, and traumas with penetrating injuries. She provides community education and outreach to various entities including schools, colleges and universities, and other health care professionals on prevention and topics related to caring for those who have experienced trauma of personal violence. She has served as a member of a hospital based Domestic Violence Committee, a hospital-based Child Protection Team, and the Cuyahoga County Child Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nursing, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Civil Rights Task Force, and she serves on a committee with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and a chair for the Integrating Culture Committee with the Canopy Child Advocacy Center.
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