Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


When Victims of Crime Become Defendants: Should Context Matter?

When Victims of Crime Become Defendants: Should Context Matter?

What does justice look like when a victim of a crime becomes a defendant? This session will inspire every kind of professional to consider context in their response in these cases. Incarcerated women experience staggering rates of sexual assault and domestic violence across the life span leading up to the offenses for which they are charged or convicted.

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Justice Begins with a Trauma-Informed Approach: Reflections and Visions

Justice Begins with a Trauma-Informed Approach: Reflections and Visions

Victims and survivors of sexual assault measure “justice” in many ways. There are evolving community expectations and demands for trauma-informed approaches to victims and survivors. This has led to new professional standards for trauma-informed care in our response, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault cases, and more importantly, for victims and survivors; “Justice begins with a trauma-informed approach.”

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Understanding and Responding to Hate Against AAPI Communities

Understanding and Responding to Hate Against AAPI Communities

Stop AAPI Hate is a coalition addressing the rise of anti-Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) racism in the United States. Co-founded in March 2020 by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), and the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, the coalition has become the leading aggregator of hate incidents targeting AAPI communities. Taking a holistic approach to social change and violence prevention, Stop AAPI Hate also offers multilingual resources for affected communities; provides technical assistance from rapid response to preventative measures; supports community-based safety measures and restorative justice efforts; and advocates for local, state, and national policies that reinforce human rights and civil rights protections for all.

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Cultural and Systemic Effects on Sexual Assault Reporting and Investigations: Exploring High Profile Cases

Cultural and Systemic Effects on Sexual Assault Reporting and Investigations: Exploring High Profile Cases

Identify organizational or institutional norms, and explore how these norms may define and confine members, including those who are sexually assaulted.

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From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

This workshop will highlight promising international practices, resources, and accountability systems to enhance law enforcement responses to violence against women and LGBTQI individuals. It will review guidance from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The guidance, developed in collaboration with law enforcement leaders, offers trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches in policing practices. The workshop will draw on recommendations and data gathered from climate surveys and community discussions with survivors, advocates and law enforcement in Canada, Brazil, and the United States, as part of the COURAGE in Policing Project, an innovative approach to community-based policing in the domestic violence and sexual assault arena.

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“It’s Not That Complicated” – Building Relationships with LGBTQ+ Communities to Help End Gender Bias

“It’s Not That Complicated” – Building Relationships with LGBTQ+ Communities to Help End Gender Bias

This session will provide law enforcement and victim service providers with an opportunity to explore information about the LGBTQ+ communities they serve, provide techniques to improve and enhance their response to this diverse community, and examine ways in which developing a respectful engagement with this community can assist agencies in the overall goal of reducing gender bias in policing. Officers will be challenged to open up to new thinking, new insights, and new ways of doing police work, which includes an understanding on how past practices damaged relations with this community. Participants will receive a compendium of tools and resources adopted by various departments and victim advocates from across the country which have encouraged a healthy, strong relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ communities they serve.

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Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 2

Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 2

In Part 2, we resume this discussion with an exploration of how gender bias affects victim blaming after the sexual assault. We will also evaluate how gender bias plays a critical role in the designation of false reports in cases of sexual assault, and consider the intersection of gender bias and victim recantations. The presentation concludes with recommendations for reducing the effect of gender bias in these cases.

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Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 1

Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 1

In this 2-part webinar series, we 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. Many of the same principles apply to cases of intimate partner violence and other gender-based violence.

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Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault

Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault

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.

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How Do I Know You’re Not Lying? Gender Bias and Sexual Assault Response

How Do I Know You’re Not Lying? Gender Bias and Sexual Assault Response

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.

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