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Speakers about sexual assault kits, trauma include former UTHSC Women’s Institute Director Nancy Hardt


Learn the latest findings regarding the neuroscience of trauma in assault survivors and best ways to shape trauma-informed community responses to assist victims and others – with update on testing and prosecution of Memphis’ inventory of sexual assault kits.

“Violence, Victims and Trauma” begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Memphis Bioworks, at 20 Dudley Street in the medical district. Memphis Bioworks is between Madison and Union Avenue. Parking is available in an adjacent building near the corner of Union and Dudley.

The agenda includes a return to Memphis of Dr. Nancy Hardt, former director of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Women’s Institute and professor emerita in the University of Florida College of Medicine. She will be joined by Kelly Taylor, a Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Program Manager and Coordinator at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC.

The public event, which precedes a conference for professionals the following day, is organized by the Memphis Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, the Memphis Area Women’s Council and Memphis Says NO MORE. The session will begin with an update on the progress of testing, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault kits from the Memphis Police inventory.

When she was in Memphis, Hardt studied data and worked with agency partners to initiate an intensive campaign to reduce infant mortality. Taylor for the past 12 years has been an instructor for sexual assault nurse examiners, law enforcement and emergency nurses on the effects of trauma on sexual assault victims.

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