Announcements & News

October 2003

Marshall University Hosts the Region's First Sexual Assault Response Training for Health Care Workers and Law Enforcement

Marshall University served as host Oct. 14, 2003, to the region's first workshop providing sexual assault response training for health care workers and law enforcement.

The training offered a unique opportunity to professionals involved in sexual assault response to receive specialized training to improve the investigation and conviction rate on sexual assaults. The workshop was part of the SART/SANE Initiative (Sexual Assault Response Team/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) in the state to develop education courses in this field and provide effective response to victims.

Topics related to sexual assault response included the role of the victim advocate, evidence collection issues, responding to child victims of sexual assault, HIPAA regulations and the prosecution of sexual assault cases.

"Sexual Assault Response Training for Health Care and Law Enforcement" was designed for health care workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers, counselors, victim advocates and anyone else who may respond to cases of sexual assault. Nurses, counselors, social workers and law enforcement were eligible for eight hours of continuing education credit.

The day-long event was sponsored by the Marshall University Forensic Science Center (through NIJ Cooperative Agreement #2001-RC-CX-K002), the WV Foundation for Rape Information and Services, Inc. (through Violence Against Women Office, Office of OJP Grant No. 02-VAW-007), and the Cabell County Sexual Assault Task Force.

The Forensic Science Center consists of the Forensic Science Program, a two-year Master's degree program in Forensic Science, and the laboratories for the WV Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Additionally, the center assists law enforcement in training and education to meet national standards and continuing education requirements.