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Nursing Grand Rounds – Shattering Silence: Rape Trauma Circa 2021

This presentation is historically-based and reviews some of the high-profile cases over the years and the effects on the public’s view of rape. Examples of how nursing has advanced the field of forensics and victimology will be described. Also, the topic of sexual homicide will be addressed through a case from Mindhunter and from the forthcoming book by Burgess & Constantine, “A Killer by Design” based on Ann Burgess’ career and work with the FBI profilers at Quantico, VA.

Activity Date:
Start Date:   April1, 2021
End Date:  April 1, 2024
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  • Ann W. Burgess, DNSc., APRN, FAAN
    Boston College Connell School of Nursing

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive contact hours you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to describe an historical perspective of rape including how nursing has advanced the field of forensics, victimology, and public perception of rape trauma.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.5 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will award contact hour(s) for successful completion. In order to receive full contact hour credit for this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation 
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Bibliographic Sources
  • Burgess AW and Constantine S. (2021) A Killer by Design. Hachette Books/Imprint Perseus.
  • Burgess, AW & Hartman, CR. (2017) On the origin of grooming. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31 (1) pp. 17-23.
  • Cantor, D., Fisher, B., Chibnall, S., Harps, S., Townsend, R., Thomas, G., Lee, H., Kranz, V., Herbison, R., & Madden, K. (2019). Report on the AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. Association of American Universities.
  • Carretta, C., Burgess, AW, & DeMarco, R. (2016) Rape: To Tell or Not to Tell. Violence Against Women. Vol. 21(9)1145-1165.
  • Ressler, R.K., Burgess, A.W. and Douglas, J.E.  Sexual Homicide:  Patterns and Motivation, New York: Free Press, 1988.
  • Fedina, L., Holmes, DL, Backes, B. (2018) Campus sexual assault: A systematic review of prevalence research from 2000 to 2015 Trauma, violence, & abuse.
  • Wilson, Laura C.; Miller, Katherine E.  (2016) “Meta-Analysis of the Prevalence of Unacknowledged Rape” Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, April 2016.
Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions of the activity or regarding accreditation: 

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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