Demystifying the Medical Forensic Exam
This webinar will be presented by Monica DiGiandomenico of the PRC, Susan Chasson, JD, RN, SANE-A, Kim Day, RN, SANE-A of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and Angelita Olowu, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P of International Association of Forensic Nurses
Monica is a Senior Program Associate with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). She contributes to several areas of the PRC’s work, including Audit Quality and Integrity, 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 proactively reform models, practices, and policies for constitutional policing nationwide. In addition, Monica worked to protect the rights of people who are in prisons, jails, and the juvenile justice system run by state and local governments. This work lit a fire and passion to support strategic plans to collaboratively work with communities, judges, court administrators, law enforcement, corrections, legal professionals, inmates, and residents, to develop best practices, legal trainings, and tools to further facilitate local and national partnerships for criminal justice reform.
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. She graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton in 2009 with a dual degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. She obtained her Master’s in Forensic Science with a concentration in Crime Scene Investigations from George Washington University in 2012. She earned her Department of Justice PREA Auditor certification for adult and juvenile facilities in May 2018.
Since 1991 I have been providing education to nurses, law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors and other professionals about the medical care of the sexual assault patient. My teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate nursing classes, physician education and law students. I have published 4 book chapters on topics related to sexual assault.
Kim serves as the Grants Projects Director, providing oversight, content expertise and leadership on issues of Forensic Nursing Practice, Policy and Protocol. She continues to be the lead Technical Assistance provider for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance (SAFE-TA) Project that is funded by the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. A forensic nurse examiner with 40 years of nursing experience—as well as program development and coordination expertise—Mrs. Day consults on all aspects related to the medical forensic examination in sexual assault cases, training standards, and the SAFEta.org website. In collaboration with expert faculty, Ms. Day has developed and delivers two-day multidisciplinary Regional Training for Communities that seek to create or improve medical forensic examination protocols.
Kim presents nationally and internationally on a variety of forensic nursing related topics, including sexual assault and abuse, intimate partner violence, strangulation, child maltreatment and program management and sustainability. In addition, she has written, edited and reviewed the state-specific protocols and customized protocols for hospitals, journal articles, SARTs and tribal communities.
Angelita Olowu serves as a Forensic Nursing Specialist, providing training and technical assistance. She has 10 years of nursing experience, and has practiced as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) since 2010. She received her certification for SANE-A in 2015 and SANE-P in 2016. Within her role as a full-time forensic nurse at Hillcrest Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, OH, Angelita provided education and leadership to the forensic nursing staff, guidance around her patient population to the Hospital, and community education and outreach to various entities including schools, colleges and universities, and others on prevention and 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 various professional organizations including IAFN, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Civil Rights Task Force. Additionally, she serves on a committee with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.
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