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                Brenda Garison’s forensic nursing career includes the following:  

 

Achievements:

 

  • Founder and Program Director of Child Abuse & Forensic Services (CAFS) 1996, the first and only private facility in the State of Texas to provide for forensic medical examinations for sexual assault victims  
  • Testified in criminal, civil, and federal courts as an expert witness in sexual assault cases  
  • SANE certified since 1999 by the Texas Attorney General’s Office in child/adult forensic medical examinations 
  • 14 years experience as a sexual assault nurse examiner (over 2,000 exams; approximately 70% under 12 years of age) 
  • Worked with Representative Deshotel in writing Texas HB 131 which addresses reimbursement to law enforcement for forensic medical examinations on sexual assault patients.

 

     Memberships 

  • International Association of Forensic Nurses, Voting member since 1995 
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault  
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. 

 

Awards

 

  • 1994 “Edith Rust Medical Award”, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault  
  • 1997 “Child Advocate of the Year Award”, CASA of Southeast Texas
  • 1999 “Certificate of Appreciation”, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Office for Victims of Crime in recognition of dedication to victims’ rights  
  • 2003 “Philanthropy Award Of The Year”, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault  
  • 2005 “Achievement Award”, International Association of Forensic Services

     

    


 

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