Workshop #7 – When Survivors Self-identify Sexual Assault in Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for the Field from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
Wednesday, August 12th @ 1:30pm
Presentation Abstract: Survivors of intimate partner violence rarely report their sexual assault to law enforcement, or even self-identify, for many reasons. What can we learn from those survivors who do self-identify, report to law enforcement, and undergo a sexual assault kit collection? Both presenters recently published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, “Understanding intimate partner sexual assaults: findings from sexual assault kits,” along with Dr. Cyleste Collins at Cleveland State University and Dr. Daniel Flannery at Case Western Reserve University. The cases of intimate partner sexual assault (IPSA) within the unsubmitted sexual assaults kits provide a unique opportunity to learn more about this understudied and underreported form of sexual violence. There is great variation in how IPSA occurs, and both law enforcement and providers may not be adequately identifying IPSA victims. This workshop will share relevant findings and provide recommendations to improve the identification and support of IPSA survivors.
Presenter Name(s): Maggie McGuire, MPH, CPH (She/her/hers) and Rachel Lovell, PhD (She/her/hers)
Lead Presenter Bio: Maggie McGuire currently serves as a Research Associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education supporting research projects with the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland. Maggie has been involved in anti-sexual violence work for over 8 years. Starting as a hotline volunteer at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, she then held multiple positions with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. In December 2019, Maggie received her Masters of Public Health from the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health at Cleveland State University and successfully defended her capstone research for improving cultural competency trainings regarding treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in healthcare settings. Maggie’s professional interests prioritize addressing inequity in health and victim services through connecting research to practice.
This publication is supported in part by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Rape Prevention Education, by Grant No. ODH Project Number: 01860214VW0820 awarded to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence by the Department of Health. It is also supported in part by VOCA Grant No. 2020-VOCA-132920668; and by subgrant No. 2019-WF-VA7-8919 awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Ohio Department of Health, or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.