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Imagine that someone in your community is sexually assaulted and tells the police. Initially the investigator appears to take them seriously, but the case stalls. The victim interview turns into an interrogation, and police pressure the victim to retract their allegations. Desperate to end this ordeal, the victim recants. But to their surprise, the investigator and prosecutor use the recantation to charge them with false reporting.
This program will use case examples to illustrate the hallmarks of false reports, and what features distinguish them from truthful reports—many of which at first glance, arouse suspicion. It will discuss how factors such as delayed reporting, memory gaps, and inability to provide details are not necessarily consistent with false reports—and may in fact indicate truthfulness. This program will feature real case examples where reports have been proven false, and the red flags that in retrospect, were visible throughout the investigation.
Sexual assault victims have often faced sources of bias, based on unjustified suspicions that their report is a false allegation. This webinar focuses on the scenario where victims summon the courage to report a sexual assault, only to be disbelieved, mistreated, and later charged (often erroneously) with false reporting or associated crimes such as obstruction of justice, interfering with law enforcement, or providing false statements.
In this webinar, the presenters will explore the phenomenon of gender bias, both explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious), and the resulting stereotypes and attitudes that can influence the professional response to, and investigation of, sexual assault.