Identifying Repeat Offenders by Applying Lessons Learned from The Rape Kit Backlog

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

Samantha Gwinn
Samantha Gwinn
Director, EVAWI

A new picture of sexual violence and homicide offenders has emerged due to increased funding to test backlogged and unprocessed rape kits, and the collection and processing of DNA from known offenders. This session will summarize findings from agencies nationwide and outline specific best practices gleaned from big misses in investigations and DNA processing. The presenter will provide case examples, resources for further guidance on intra- and inter-agency collaboration, as well as ideas for using DNA and information technology to identify and track repeat offenders.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify what serial sex offenders look like, how registered sex offenders fit in with the overall problem and how they affect overall crime rates.
  • Recognize how historical offender typologies align with the latest research and developments.
  • Utilize non-sworn and light-duty resources to give your agency a head start on DNA-related investigations.
  • Explain how the concept of “Start by Believing” enhances and optimizes investigations, and how doubt and disbelief allow repeat offenders to evade detection, arrest, and prosecution.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

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