The victims/survivors of sexual violence in rural communities experience unique barriers to accessing medical forensic exams. The Violence Against Women Act requires that all victims/survivors have access to exams free of charge and without reporting to law enforcement. This session will explore the basics of medical forensic exams, barriers rural communities are facing in providing exams, and some effective strategies communities have employed to provide victim-centered forensic healthcare to both victims/survivors.
Jude Foster has worked with victims/survivors of sexual violence and professionals that work with them for 25 years. She is the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Jude previously worked in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout Minnesota. Jude has worked extensively in developing and managing crisis services programs, working with and coordinating multidisciplinary teams, and providing training and technical assistance to victim service, medical forensic programs, and criminal justice professionals.
Linda has 30 years of Intensive Care nursing experience at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has been a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) for 10 years. As a SANE, Linda has seen over 700 sexual assault patients and testified many times. Linda is also the Clinical SANE Consultant for the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.