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Dr Rita Shackel recognised for work in Sri Lanka



27 August 2012

Dr Rita Shackel pictured with Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

Dr Rita Shackel recently received the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka Oration Medal and the Professor C.C. de Silva Memorial Oration Medal for her work on Child Sexual Abuse in Sri Lanka.

She received the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka Oration Medal on 10 August 2012 with heroration entitled, The Need for Multidisciplinary Understandings in Forensic Responses to Sexual Assault.

She received the Professor C.C. de Silva Memorial Oration Medal on 11 August 2012 with her paper entitled, Child Sexual Abuse: Perspectives from Recent Research.

Dr Shackel was the first ever female Orator for the Medico-Legal Society Oration and her medal was presented to her by Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane, Justice on the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, the first woman to ever be appointed President of the Medico-Legal Society Sri Lanka.

Dr Shackel also presented her paper, Child Sexual Abuse - The Psychological Dimensions at the Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, in Colombo.

Her activities in Sri Lanka also included:

Child Sexual Abuse: Best Practice & Future Directions - delivered workshop to Forensic Medicine Fellows, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo Sri Lanka, 13 August 2012.

Dialogue on developing Guidelines for Interviewing Child Victims - Attorney-General's and Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice

The Professor C.C. de Silva Memorial Oration Medal

The Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka Oration Medal


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