Connections Between Strangulation & Sexual Violence
February 20, 2018
This webinar is for law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners, advocates, and allied professionals.
It’s been just over a year since Pennsylvania’s new strangulation law has been enacted. The law makes nonfatal strangulation a criminal offense. The act of strangulation not only has a horrifying effect on victims, it can cause serious injury, and have future health consequences. Since strangulation may often go undetected in sexual assault victims, responders need to know how to detect it and how to best help victims.
After completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
a) Explore the intersection of strangulation and sexual violence;
b) Define strangulation using PA law;
c) Identify modes of strangulation;
d) Discuss signs and symptoms of strangulation; and
e) Offer policy and protocol recommendations.
Ralph Riviello, MD, MS, FACEP is Professor and Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. In addition to being a board-certified emergency physician, he holds a Masters in Forensic Medicine. Dr. Riviello also serves as Founder and Medical Director for the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Center. Dr. Riviello is also a member of the Advisory Panel and Faculty for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. He is the editor of the the textbook, “Manual of Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine: a guide for clinicians”. He is a Past-President of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, Past-Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Forensic Medicine Section, and Past Board Chair of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. . Dr. Riviello Co-chaired the committee that revised the American College of Emergency Physicians handbook, “Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient”. Recently, Dr. Riviello served on the Advisory Panel that created “A National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical, Forensic Examination-Pediatric” (a project of OVW) and the planning committee that produced the “SANE Program Development and Operation Guide” (a project of OVC).
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