It’s Not About Us: Collaborative Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Tiffany Meredith
Tiffany Meredith, JD
Lead Criminal Prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney, Story County Attorney’s Office
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Jonathan Holscher, JD
Assistant County Attorney, Story County Attorney’s Office
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Kristen Formanek, JD
Assistant County Attorney, Story County Attorney’s Office

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates have different roles in the criminal justice system. This means we may not always agree. Yet the reality is that we share a common goal: protection of the victim and the community. Sexual assault cases are different than any other type of crime and because of this, it is crucial that we as law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates realize that these cases are not about us at all. We may have different roles, but we all have the same goal. People commonly talk about law enforcement and prosecution “collaborating” on a case together, but what does that really mean in a practical sense? How does collaboration work when you have to be cognizant of the very different roles a law enforcement officer and prosecutor play in the justice system? How do you overcome the difference between probable cause and proof beyond a reasonable doubt? Who makes sure the victim is included and understands how the process and system work when trying to maintain neutrality in a fair and balanced investigation?


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

  • Recognize how we can collectively use the strengths of each agency to better our responses to sexual assault cases.
  • Engage in discussions with other members of the criminal justice system to improve the experience for victims of sexual assault.
  • Create a more collaborative approach between agencies to secure justice for victims and the community.
  • Ensure that every victim is treated with dignity and respect and all reports are investigated thoroughly.


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