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The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

Advanced Leadership Seminars

The Forensic Healthcare Program has created an innovative series of "Advanced Leadership Seminars" for sexual assault forensic examiners, hospital administration and staff, rape crisis program staff, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors and public officials. The advanced leadership seminars are usually one day and are low cost or free to professionals*.  They address a variety of issues facing professionals and systems responding to the acute care needs of victims of sexual violence. One of the FHP's main objectives is to foster collaboration and provide opportunities for cross training for all related disciplines. The FHP also strives to provide information about the latest technologies and advances being used in the field, to ensure that victims of sexual assault in New York City are receiving the highest level of care possible.

The advanced leaders seminars are offered several times throughout the year. Course descriptions and registration information can be found on our website as each course is announced.

Previous courses include:

Advanced Colposcopy
Forensic Colposcopy is one of the cutting edge tools used in the assessment and documentation of the sexual assault survivor in many Sexual Assault Examiner Programs throughout the country. Participants learned about the efficacy of the colposcope, advanced techniques used by expert examiners in forensic Colposcopy, how to refine and develop skills, as well as how to make a patient as comfortable as possible when using the colposcope. In addition, participants reviewed chain of custody considerations when storing forensic photographs.

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Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault
Issues that arise around treatment and consent with the adolescent population are some of the most difficult. This seminar focused on the psychological, medical and legal aspects of working with this population, including: psychological presentation, medical treatment differences, institutional risk, adolescent's rights regarding consent, legal concerns, and the criminal justice process.

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First Response: Trauma and Sexual Assault
The role of EMS in providing assistance for victims of sexual assault is key in a first response scenario. Often, from the first interaction with the victim to deciding where to take the victim for care, EMS personnel have many choices to make regarding victims of sexual assault. This seminar reviewed factors specific to a first response situation including: an overview of the psychological reactions of victims, why taking a victim to a hospital with a Sexual Assault Examiner program provides a higher level of care, what should be done to best preserve the evidence for the exam, and resources available throughout the city.

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Medical Issues and Scientific Innovations in Sexual Assault Cases
Co sponsored by the King's County District Attorney's Office, the FHP and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, this conference provided an opportunity for medical professionals, and criminal justice personnel to understand more about the global issues relating to SAE programs. Representative's from the District Attorney's office discussed how a sexual assault examiner is established as an expert witness, the best way to present credentials and expertise to a jury, and what to expect in a cross examination. Medical professionals reviewed some of the latest protocols for treatment of victims, injury identification and techniques for evidence collection. Members of NYPD reviewed the process by which they investigate sexual assault cases.

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The Realities of Starting a Sexual Assault Examiner Program
This free seminar was designed to provide hospitals interested in developing sexual assault examiner programs a realistic overview of what is entailed. Representatives from several NYC programs discussed pending DOH standards, an overview of a model program, training and competency-based precepting, equipment and staffing needs. FHP documents and resources were made available to provide additional technical support and information.

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Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
This free seminar provided an overview of drug-facilitated sexual assault, including case presentations in the emergency rooms, description and identifying factors of substances, technologies for substance detection and prosecutorial issues. Open to all, interested professionals.

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Injury Identification and Documentation
This free, full day seminar open to professionals provided an overview of injury identification and documentation. This includes: dynamics of genital injuries, and documentation by text, diagramming and photography. A hands-on tutorial session in digital colposcopy is included. In addition, there was a presentation on identification of bite marks and other patterned injuries.

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Sharing Expertise: A Collaborative Approach to Successful Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases
This seminar provides a cross training opportunity for sexual assault treatment providers and prosecutors. The seminar focuses on the collaborative effort of NYC Sexual Assault Examiner Programs in partnership with NYC Rape Crisis Programs, medical institutions, law enforcement agencies, and the criminal justice system towards the successful prosecution of sexual assault cases.

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Group holding Borough President Stringerís Proclamation
Group holding Borough President Stringerís Proclamation