Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


“I Wish I Knew This Earlier” – Implementing Mandated Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement

“I Wish I Knew This Earlier” – Implementing Mandated Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement

This workshop, presented by a training program manager, police sergeant, and EVAWI President, explains the early development, implementation, and formative evaluation of Washington’s legislation in support of sexual assault victims. It provides an overview on the development of an innovative training model for all officers that investigate adult sexual assault.

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Taking Guns Away From Domestic Violence Offenders, and Keeping Them Away

Taking Guns Away From Domestic Violence Offenders, and Keeping Them Away

The overwhelming majority of those who serve in the noble profession of law enforcement are professionals who uphold their oath of office. However, we cannot ignore the numerous headlines, arrests, convictions, and lawsuits describing horrific acts of sexual misconduct perpetrated by law enforcement officers. When a predatory sexual offender has the power and authority of the police, this creates an extremely serious breach of the ethics of the profession, a violation of the color of law, and a traumatic victimization of a colleague or citizen whom law enforcement has sworn to protect.

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Sexual Assault Response Innovation: A Regionalized Task Force

Sexual Assault Response Innovation: A Regionalized Task Force

Nearly all major municipal US policing agencies have dedicated sex crimes units, offering expert investigative assistance to victims of sexual violence. Many municipal policing agencies/county sheriff offices have fewer than 100 sworn officers, settling for general assignment detectives. Due to intense workloads and limited training resources, it’s unrealistic to expect detectives to become experts in sexual violence. The predictable result is less than optimal investigations, poor reporting experiences, and worse outcomes for victims. In 2016, the Commerce City, CO (CCPD), and Brighton, CO (BPD) police departments identified an innovative practice for sexual assault investigations: a joint sexual assault taskforce (SATF) working across jurisdictions to investigate sex crimes in a victim-centered manner.

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Acknowledging Law Enforcement Trauma to Help Sexual Assault Survivors: A Tool Kit for Implementation

Acknowledging Law Enforcement Trauma to Help Sexual Assault Survivors: A Tool Kit for Implementation

The City of Cambridge’s Police Department and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative, in close collaboration with local service providers, have created and implemented a Trauma Informed Law Enforcement (TILE) Initiative, including a model 3 day training, and changes to practice and protocol.

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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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False Reporting of Sexual Assault Cases: Moving Beyond The Issues

False Reporting of Sexual Assault Cases: Moving Beyond The Issues

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.

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Don’t Stop Believing: Promoting A Survivor-Centered Approach and the Power of Collaboration

Don’t Stop Believing: Promoting A Survivor-Centered Approach and the Power of Collaboration

Thanks to the brave work of one student survivor, Brie Sivy, the Start by Believing movement – first brought to campus by the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) and the Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP) – is going strong at Ohio University. Brie has been publicly speaking and sharing her story alongside Detective Mathew Austin of OUPD and Kim Rouse of SAP since 2018.

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Destroyed: How CNN Exposed the Destruction of Rape Kits and Mishandling of Rape Cases

Destroyed: How CNN Exposed the Destruction of Rape Kits and Mishandling of Rape Cases

In this webinar, attendees will learn critical lessons about how to do better: How to avoid biases that might harm investigations; why maintaining rape kits for the length of the statute of limitations is critical to solving your case and getting it to a successful prosecution; why a checks and balances system in law enforcement is essential to quality work, and why the latest trauma-informed training is not a luxury, but a necessity. Attendees will also walk away with some tips on how to interact with the media.

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New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication – Part 1

New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication – Part 1

This presentation addresses the issues that investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, and medical personal often encounter in alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. Investigators and prosecutors face many hurdles, including the consent defense, perceptions about “he said/she said” cases, and victims suffering from memory loss, as well as challenges related to victim shame, embarrassment, and lack of trust in law enforcement.

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Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct: Introducing a Model Policy Resource for Prevention and Accountability

Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct: Introducing a Model Policy Resource for Prevention and Accountability

The overwhelming majority of those who serve in the noble profession of law enforcement are professionals who uphold their oath of office. However, we cannot ignore the numerous headlines, arrests, convictions, and lawsuits describing horrific acts of sexual misconduct perpetrated by law enforcement officers. When a predatory sexual offender has the power and authority of the police, this creates an extremely serious breach of the ethics of the profession, a violation of the color of law, and a traumatic victimization of a colleague or citizen whom law enforcement has sworn to protect.

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