Improve access to medical forensics for survivors of violence

Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

The Alaska Comprehensive Training Forensic Academy (ACTFA), a pilot program run through the University of Alaska Anchorage, promotes forensic training for nurses and health care providers to build capacity for communities to respond to all types of violence.

The bipartisan S. 2655, or the Ensuring Forensic Care for All Victims Act, authorizes demonstration grants based off the ACTFA. Its purpose is to create funding opportunities through national demonstration grants to develop trauma-informed standards of care that
promote generalist forensic medical training tailored to meet health care professional and first responder needs.

The Ensuring Forensic Care for All Victims Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) in August 2021. Please urge your senators to co-sponsor and support S. 2655. If they have already sponsored or cosponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks