New Sexual Assault Glossary Online

The FTCoE, in collaboration with the Center for Nursing Excellence International (CFNEI), recently developed a sexual assault glossary for medical, law enforcement, and legal professionals.

According to the FTCoE website, "Effective communication among interdisciplinary professionals is essential. Unfortunately, these professionals speak very different professional languages using terminology from the legal, medical and forensic science disciplines, sometimes interchangeably."

Utilizing multidisciplinary subject-matter experts, CFNEI worked to create a list of terms, their associated definitions, and clarified ambiguous or opposing definitions.

"This project served to create a resource that can be used to help bridge language related communication gaps and potential miscommunications associated with discipline specific terminology," states the FTCoE website.

The Multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Glossary can be accessed through the FTCoE and CFNEI websites, and a mobile application is under development. In its current state, the glossary contains more than 900 terms and more than 40 medical illustrations.

The glossary is intended to be a living document, so it will be updated as needed. From the FTCoE website: "The FTCoE and CFNEI will continue to update the glossary, import terms into the searchable index, and will ensured that definitions are compliant with the FBI quality assurance standards to maintain consistency in federal documents."

Click here to view the Multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Glossary online.

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