A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words: Picture Tools to Support the Forensic Exam Process for Survivors with Disabilities

05/21/2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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The “Picture Guide to the Exam after Sexual Assault” series was developed as a part of the Illinois Imagines project to support survivors with disabilities during the forensic exam.  We know that some women with disabilities may not have had access to gynecological care in the past, and the pelvic exam provided with the healthcare exam and evidence collection process may be her first.  This can add a lot of stress, fear, and additional trauma to an already overwhelming experience.  Additionally, medical staff and victim advocates may not have experience responding to the needs of survivors with disabilities. With these thoughts in mind, three sets of pictorial guides and support materials were developed (one for medical staff, victim advocates and self-advocates) to provide education and support.  This webinar will focus upon: how the tools were developed, how to use the tools, and how to access the tools.

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