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The Violence of CareRape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention$
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Sameena Mulla

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479800315

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479800315.001.0001

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Making Time

Making Time

Temporalities of Law, Healing, and Sexual Violence

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The Violence of Care

Sameena Mulla

NYU Press

This chapter examines how time is worked during forensic interventions and how institutional temporality differs from the ways in which sexual assault victims narrate their experiences in time. More specifically, it considers the ways in which time saturates sexual assault interventions. The problem of documenting medico-legal evidence is typically a problem of time; by the time a case goes to trial, the victim's wounds, psychological and physical, may have healed. During examination, forensic nurses capture these wounds through technological intervention, fixing them in time. This chapter considers the series of forensic interviews that the sexual assault victim goes through and presents cases to illustrate how the biographical, forensic, and criminal modalities of time introduced by forensic nurses reframe victims' suffering and its emplotment along particular trajectories that lead to specific destinations—legal, medical, and therapeutic.

Keywords:   time, forensic interventions, temporality, sexual assault victims, sexual assault interventions, medico-legal evidence, forensic nurses, forensic interviews, sexual assault, suffering

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