2019 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture Addresses Rape Trauma Through the Years


Duke University School of Nursing will host the 2019 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture on Monday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center. The keynote speaker is Ann Burgess, DNSc, APRN, BC, FAAN, professor of psychiatric mental health nursing at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and professor emerita from the University of Pennsylvania. She will present on “Have We Advanced? Rape Trauma Circa 2019.”

Until the 1970s, rape thrived on prudery, misunderstanding and silence. In the 1980s, academic and scientific publications on the subject multiplied, but despite increased attention to the public health issue, statistics haven’t changed much. The statistics state that between 25 and 30 percent of females and 10 percent of males will be sexually assaulted over their life span and more than half will never report the crime to law enforcement.

The lecture is case-based and reviews some of the high-profile cases of the years and the effects on the public’s view of rape with special focus to campus sexual assault and student view on disposition of cases. Burgess will discuss the history of rape trauma and the neurobiology of rape-related PTSD, use a case-method to illustrate the types of sexual trauma throughout the life cycle and outline treatment models for victims and legal outcome alternatives for offenders.

Burgess is an internationally recognized pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse. Her research with victims began when she co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis intervention programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital. She worked with FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency and subsequent perpetration.

Her work continues in the study of elder abuse in nursing homes, cyberstalking and Internet sex crimes and her two current research projects are a multi-site “Campus Sexual Misconduct: Using Perpetrator Risk Assessment and Tailored Treatment of Individualize Sanctioning,” and the “College Warrior Athlete Initiative” funded by the Wounded Warrior Project.

Burgess has received numerous honors including the Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn award, the American Nurses’ Association Hildegard Peplau award and the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate award. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1977, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 1994 and chaired the 1996 National Research Council’s Task Force on Violence Against Women.

Following the presentation, experts from Duke University and the Naval Health Clinic at Cherry Point will participate in a panel discussion with the theme "Addressing the Challenges—How to Advance Practice, Research and Policy to Prevent and Ameliorate the Effects of Sexual Assault." The panel discussion will be moderated by Janice Humphreys, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at Duke University School of Nursing.

Panelists include: CDR Alana Huber, RN, MSN, AFN-BC, SANE-A United States Navy Nurse Corps, Director, Public Health Services, Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point;  Mindy Oshrain, MD Consulting Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine; and  Lynden Harris Founder & Director, Hidden Voices, Adjunct Faculty, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

The Harriet Cook Carter Lecture series gives recognition to nursing as an academic discipline within Duke University and as a profession within society; stimulates ideas for improving nursing education, nursing service and nursing research; and stimulates interest, support and ideas for improving health care and health education in society.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please register by Wednesday, Jan. 30.

To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/HCCL2019. For more information, contact Jacqueline Meade at Jacqueline.meade@duke.edu

In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.         

Category 1: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse CE: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 2.0 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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