2021 Conference: Laura Clary Presents “MUTED” – Child Sexual Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Laura Clary, BSN, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, is a Registered Nurse, Forensic Nurse Examiner and Clinical Program Manager of the GBMC SAFE & Domestic Violence Program. Her presentation will briefly review the definition of child abuse, the signs and symptoms, and the prevalence of abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, participants will learn about the treatment offered by GBMC SAFE for child sexual abuse victims. Clary will also include a case study in her presentation, through which she will partner with a victim who will tell her story about growing up in a home where child abuse occurred.
In 2010 Clary completed her Forensic Nursing training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and joined the GBMC SAFE Program as an on-call Forensic Nurse. In 2014 she became the Clinical Program Manager working full-time while also taking after-hours on-call shifts. Mrs. Clary is certified to care for patients across the lifespan that have been victims of sexual assault, rape, child physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and human trafficking. Mrs. Clary obtained National professional certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-A) from the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2013. She is a Board of Nursing approved Forensic Nurse Examiner Instructor in the State of Maryland and has taught registered nurses and physicians from all over the country. In addition to her work in the field of Forensics, she has extensive experience in Emergency and Trauma Nursing. She is an active member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, as well as the Maryland Child Abuse Medical Providers (CHAMP), GBMC Child Protection Program, and is Chair of the Baltimore County Sexual Assault Response team. In 2016 she was recognized in Baltimore Magazine as one of Baltimore’s Top Nurses in the field of Women’s Health. In May of 2017 she was nationally recognized for her work and was awarded the title of “America’s Most Amazing Nurse” by Prevention Magazine and The Doctors television show, and additionally awarded Baltimore County’s Woman of the Year in 2018. This past year Mrs. Clary was again recognized in Baltimore Magazine as one of Baltimore Top Nurses in the field of Pediatrics, for her work with child sex abuse victims.
Education Administrators, Teachers, School Psychologists/Guidance Counselors, School Resource Officers (SROs), Law Enforcement, Local/State Emergency Managers, Fusion Center Analysts, Crisis Intervention Units, Counselors & Mental Health Specialists, School Social Workers, School Safety Professionals, and other school safety stakeholders interested in attending Laura Clary’s presentation should register for the July 2021 MCSS School Safety Summer Conference at http://conference2021.safeschoolsmd.org/.