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Op-Ed: Pilot Program Offers Lessons from Military on Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

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Gina Scaramella, BARCC executive director, writes in the Hill about an innovative TeleNursing pilot program that ensures that medical staff and survivors on U.S. Navy bases have access to a nurse trained in providing forensic medical-legal examinations and patient-centered care to survivors. 

Excerpt: "Sexual assault survivors in the military often have no choice but to live with, work alongside, or report to the people who have assaulted them. Sometimes they must do this in under battlefield conditions, adding unimaginable stress to a situation already fraught with life-threatening danger, stress, and trauma. At minimum, those who are willing to put their lives on the line in service to our country surely deserve the highest quality of care."

Read the full article, "Pilot Program Offers Lessons from Military on Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors" on the Hill website. 

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s marketing and communications manager, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels.Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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