After the Interview – Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
December 1, 2017

Rich Mankewich
Richard Mankewich
Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)
Kelly Hicks
Kelly Hicks
Assistant State Attorney, Director of Training and Professional Development, Office of the State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit

Sexual assault can be some of the most challenging cases to investigate and prosecute. Being able to paint a clear picture of what the victim actually experienced during a sexual assault will assist prosecutors when presenting these cases in court.

In the age of television shows like CSI, juries want more than just testimony: they want physical evidence. Corroborating victim testimony is crucial in order to prepare the best possible case. We now know that trauma plays a major role in the memories of victims who have experienced a traumatic event.

What we also need to know is how to corroborate sensory testimony with evidence to present to the prosecutors and the jury. This training will provide case material on corroborating evidence. We will look at crime scene photos that will show in detail what the victim disclosed and then how the evidence was gathered.

ASA Hicks will explain in detail how corroborating evidence can be the difference between simply filing a case and obtaining a guilty verdict.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

Recognize the importance of a well-executed Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI).

Describe advanced methods of gathering corroborative sensory evidence from a victim’s interview.

Identify ways to look beyond the plain view evidence and truly think beyond the basics.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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