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Thinking Outside the “Kit” Transportation Options for Improving Access to Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams Webinar
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Survivors of sexual assault face numerous hurdles in the aftermath of the crime, not the least of which is ensuring they can access a medical-forensic exam conducted by a trained medical professional. These trained professionals, often referred to as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE), or Forensic Nurses (FN) ensure that victims’ injuries are treated, prophylaxis against infection and pregnancy are administered, and forensic evidence is expertly collected. Using a trauma-informed approach, SANEs treat victims with respect and dignity, while honoring their choices throughout the process. Research indicates that when victims receive services from a SANE, they are more likely to seek help (e.g., counseling, therapy) and participate in the criminal justice process.

But what happens if the victim doesn’t have transportation to the post assault healthcare services they need? What if the crime occurs in a rural area and the only clinic with trained SANEs is located hours away from where the assault occurred? What if the only transportation available is the bus or taxi, but the victim can’t afford to pay the fares? What if the victim lives in a rural community where there are no buses or taxis? Affordable, safe, discrete, and reliable transportation is key to ensuring that victims of sexual assault have access to medical-forensic exams

Hosts Kristina Rose, EVAWI and Kim Day, IAFN, will engage in a discussion with guests representing organizations around the country that are providing a range of transportation options for sexual assault survivors. The guests include:

  • Deb Holbrook, Director of Forensic Nursing, Mercy Hospital, Baltimore
  • Nancy Hoffman, West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services
  • Jaclyn Rodriguez SANE Coordinator, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
  • Kelly McIntosh, MT VOCA Administrator
  • Judy Benitez Clancy, Director, Division of Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Services, MA Department of Public Health


As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand why providing transportation options for sexual assault survivors is important.
  • Learn about the consequences when reliable, affordable transportation is not available
  • Discuss transportation models and creative approaches undertaken in different communities to ensure transportation is available for all.
  • Learn how your community can take advantage of State VOCA funds to support transportation options for sexual assault survivors.


Continuing Education

The IAFN is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Nurses can receive 1.5 continuing education hours by watching this webinar and completing the continuing education evaluation. The IAFN is the accredited provider that will award the contact hours and is responsible for adherence to all ANCC criteria for this activity.


Kristina Rose, MSKristina Rose, MS
Executive Director, EVAWI, Washington, DC

Kristina Rose joined End Violence Against Women International in August 2017, as the new Executive Director based in DC. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Director at the US Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime where she oversaw national programming on services for crime victims. During most of 2016, Ms. Rose had the distinct privilege of working at the White House as a Senior Policy Advisor on violence against women in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. There she provided expert advice and guidance to the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and the Vice President on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

Ms. Rose’s career with the Department of Justice (DOJ) spanned almost 20 years and included serving as the Acting Director and Deputy Director for the National Institute of Justice, and as the Chief of Staff for the Office on Violence Against Women. As part of a DOJ leadership program, Ms. Rose spent time as a victim advocate in the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC in 2013, working hands-on with victims of all violent crimes. At DOJ, Ms. Rose initiated several ground-breaking projects including the first national survey to measure stalking in the United States; an action research project on untested sexual assault kits that produced national models for jurisdictions around the country; and a virtual training on sexual assault medical forensic exams with Dartmouth Medical School. Ms. Rose also led the development of the first National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center, which provides real time expert guidance to medical personnel conducting sexual assault forensic exams in underserved areas.

Ms. Rose has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from George Mason University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Forensic Nursing Director, International Association of Forensic Nurses, Elkridge, MD

Kim Day is the Forensic Nursing Director for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). Ms. Day has 40 years of nursing experience with a focus on sexual assault nursing and forensic nursing since 1998. Ms. Day also has SANE program development and coordination experience. She has participated in development of the Indian Health Service Adult/Adolescent sexual assault examiner training, and the SAFESTAR training curriculum. Ms. Day also provides education nationally on a range of topics focused on the clinical care and response to patients who have experienced sexual violence. She has provided training and technical assistance with the IAFN since 2006 on the National Adult/Adolescent SAFE Protocol and the National Training Standards. In this role, she participated in the revision of the first National SAFE Protocol, the development of the National Pediatric Protocol and the National SAFE Training Standards.

Ms. Day was a contributing author for the most recent editions of the Atlas of Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault: Victimization Across the Lifespan Volume 1 Investigation, Diagnosis and the Multidisciplinary Team and co-authored USAID’s Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence and Exploitation: Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs.

This webinar is supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K038 awarded to EVAWI and Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K014 awarded to the IAFN by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice to EVAWI. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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