The ABC's of Sexual Assault: Anatomy,

The ABC's of Sexual Assault: Anatomy, "Bunk" and the Courtroom

by Michelle Ditton, Laurie A. Gray

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The ABC's of Sexual Assault: Anatomy, "Bunk" and the Courtroom by Michelle Ditton, Laurie A. Gray

The ABC’s of Sexual Assault provides a solid foundation of knowledge for every member of a Sexual Assault Response Team (law enforcement officers, child protection case managers, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical and mental health professionals, and forensic interviewers). This book is designed to be a reliable resource for anyone sorting through the unique forensic and legal aspects of a sexual assault case including judges, defense attorneys, defendants, and the media as well as any sexual assault victim, family member or friend.

Michelle Ditton is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and the Chief Nursing Officer of the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Laurie Gray is an attorney, child forensic interviewer, and adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. Together they walk lay persons and professionals alike through the labyrinth of sexual assault in the criminal justice system.

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BN ID: 2940046637571
Publisher: Socratic Parenting LLC
Publication date: 04/10/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michelle is the Chief Nursing Officer/Executive Director, and one of the founders of the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center which began operations in 1996. A graduate of Purdue University, Michelle has focused her career on forensic nursing after gaining clinical experience in the emergency room, neonatal intensive care unit, and pediatrics. She is certified as both an adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE-A) and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE-P) and has more than 2,400 hours in advanced training. Michelle serves on the guideline committee for the State of Indiana to produce the “Indiana Statewide Guidelines for Sexual Assault Response Teams" and is a recognized speaker and trainer at the local, state and national levels. She serves as a consultant for Fox Valley Technical College and has taught for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). She has also served as faculty for the past 6 years at the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama. Michelle is also the professional contributor to the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Pediatric Guidelines (Review and Revisions Committee, 2008), and to the IAFN 2012 Intimate Partner Violence Education Guidelines. Michelle has been published and contributed to numerous articles including being a co-author for the article “Veracity for Children in Pediatric Forensics” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Nursing, which was released on-line June 19, 2012 and later selected, published and reviewed in The Quarterly Update, Volume XX, Number 3. She is the co-contributor with Julie Kenniston, MSW, LSW, “Sexual Abuse Issues Related to Interviewing Children,” Chapter 2 in Volume 2 of the 4th Edition Chadwick Child Maltreatment Encyclopedia three volume series. Michelle also co-contributes with Laurie Gray, JD for a Q&A Medical-Legal Column “Legally SANE” in the quarterly newsletter “The Examiner” for members of the Indiana Chapter of the IAFN and ENA.

An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie Gray earned her B.A. from Goshen College in 1986 and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1993. Laurie taught Spanish at Whitko High School in South Whitley, IN from 1986-1990. As an attorney, Laurie worked in private practice from 1993-2000 and as an Allen County Deputy Prosecutor from 2000-2010. Laurie is the founder of Socratic Parenting, LLC (, co-creator of Token of Change™, and the author of the three young adult novels and two non-fiction books. In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie currently works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech and as a bilingual forensic interviewer at her local child advocacy center. Laurie’s debut novel, Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010), is a Moonbeam Gold Medalist and a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. Her second novel, Maybe I Will (Luminis Books/2013) is also a Moonbeam Medalist and a 2014 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominee. Luminis Books released Just Myrto and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting in May 2014. Laurie’s new book The ABC’s of Sexual Assault: Anatomy, “Bunk” and the Courtroom is co-authored by Michelle Ditton, the Chief Nursing Officer at the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, and published by Socratic Parenting LLC.

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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite The ABC's of Sexual Assault by Michelle Ditton, RN, and Laurie A. Gray, JD, is a guide to the medical protocol and legalities following a sexual assault. The book covers everything from basic human anatomy and definitions of sexual assault to the response, reporting, and courtroom proceedings that occur in its aftermath. Detailed and comprehensive, despite its disclosure that it isn't all-encompassing, the scope of The ABC's of Sexual Assault seems to leave no stone unturned. It further aids professionals in law enforcement, the medical field, and in the legal practice in weeding out their own misconceptions and myths about what is and isn't possible, with a chapter of "Bunks" — the acknowledgement and re-education of several incorrect, but all too common, beliefs. I found The ABC's of Sexual Assault to be immensely informative and extremely well assembled. Intelligently written, the guide presents a sensitive subject matter in a professional and easy to read and understand manner. As a layperson, this book opened my eyes to a topic I knew virtually nothing about, but did so in a way that invited every possibility to be explored. The use of real-life situations and stories — from both the perspective of the victim and the many professionals involved in a case —compel a reader to see not just the relevance of what is presented, but the necessity of knowing it. I would absolutely recommend Michelle Ditton, RN, and Laurie A. Gray, JD's The ABC's of Sexual Assault as a foundational guide, not just to professionals who deal with the subject matter, but to parents, school teachers, and anyone else who may need to have an understanding of everything associated with sexual assault.