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Improving Criminal Sexual Assault Investigations with Suspect Forensic Examinations Webinar - Part 2
Thursday, August 29th, 2019
8:00 AM PT/9:00 AM MT/10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

The purpose of this webinar is to provide step by step instructions for providing a suspect examination with evidence collected by a forensic nurse. The timing of the suspect examination and maintaining the chain of custody will be discussed. Examples of Evidence collection, using a Suspect Evidence Collection Kit, will illustrate how to collect fingernail cuttings and swabs from the hands/fingers and mouth when appropriate. The presenter will go over the literature and the use of an ALS light for scanning the suspect’s body. The presenter will also highlight the purpose of photographs, and recommendations for best practices regarding medical records, storage and law enforcement access for these forensic exams.

Finally, a case presentation will tie all the elements together for the participants. Resources such as EVAW’s OLTI module on the Forensic Examination of Sexual Assault Victims and Suspects will be available for participants.


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

  • Give several case examples of when a suspect examination should be considered
  • Describe the importance of the types of evidence that can be collected from suspects, using a case example
  • List the steps the examiner would follow in a suspect examination
  • Identify several procedures that should be considered to ensure the safety of the forensic examiner



Board Treasurer and Founding Director, EVAWI, Forensic Registered Nurse Consultant, Palm Desert, CA

A native of Minnesota, Diana Faugno graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of North Dakota in 1973 and she received her Master's in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a Founding Board Director of EVAWI as well as a Board member of the California American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). Currently, she is a per diem contract staff nurse at Eisenhower Medical Center.

Ms. Faugno is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science, as well as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She has made numerous presentations to Sexual Assault Response Teams across the country as well as scientific community assemblies such as the American Academy of Science, and the annual EVAWI Conference. She provides national training to assist teams in development of staff on topics using curriculums and educational standards on various topics.

Ms. Faugno is the co-author of the Color Atlas of Sexual Assault (Mosby Publications 1997). This was the first book of its kind in the nation. She is also co-author of Sexual Assault across the Life Span, (GW Medical 2003) and numerous other publications.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. 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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