Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing – Part 2

Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing – Part 2

This webinar will dive into the history of suspect interview techniques in the United States and the motivation behind the development of confrontational interviews. The presenters will discuss how empathy can enhance a sexual violence suspect’s willingness to talk in an interview, resulting in enhanced potential for confession and increased opportunity for corroboration and leads.

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Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing – Part 1

Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing – Part 1

This webinar will dive into the history of suspect interview techniques in the United States and the motivation behind the development of confrontational interviews. The presenters will discuss how empathy can enhance a sexual violence suspect’s willingness to talk in an interview, resulting in enhanced potential for confession and increased opportunity for corroboration and leads.

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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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Reduce Attrition Rates of Sexual Assault  Through Proper Charging Decisions and Effective Jury Selection

Reduce Attrition Rates of Sexual Assault Through Proper Charging Decisions and Effective Jury Selection

Despite extensive research exploring the dynamics of sexual assault and common profiles of survivors and perpetrators, crimes of sexual violence continue to be misunderstood by the average juror, prosecutor, and judge.Too many people still believe the outdated myths of “real rape” that shift blame from the offender to the survivor. This webinar will dispel the myths of “real rape,” then focus on the charging decision and the art of jury selection for successful prosecutions of sexual assault offenders.

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After the Interview – Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

After the Interview – Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

In the age of television shows like CSI, juries want more than just testimony: they want physical evidence. Corroborating victim testimony is crucial in order to prepare the best possible case. This training will provide case material on corroborating evidence. We will look at crime scene photos that will show in detail what the victim disclosed and then how the evidence was gathered.

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A Dangerous Defense: “Blackout” in Alcohol Facilitated, Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases

A Dangerous Defense: “Blackout” in Alcohol Facilitated, Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases

Few cases are more challenging for investigators and prosecutors than non-stranger sexual assaults that involve alcohol use, especially voluntary drinking on the part of the victim prior to the assault. Among other challenges, a recent defense that has been raised successfully nationwide is the possibility of the victim having “blacked out,” and consenting to sexual activity, but not remembering doing so.

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Challenging Victims: The Delicate Dynamics of Drug & Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault

Challenging Victims: The Delicate Dynamics of Drug & Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault

Sexual assault, especially non-stranger assaults in alcohol and drug-fueled settings often involve some of the most difficult and delicate case dynamics when it comes to working with victims and witnesses. Successful collaboration between investigators, victim witness advocates, and prosecutors is essential to gaining victim trust, and maintaining victim cooperation throughout the length of the case.

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“Reading” Victims and Judging Credibility – Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions

“Reading” Victims and Judging Credibility – Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions

Victim centered investigations and prosecutions requires effective perception skills. Building rapport by perceiving emotional needs promotes effective advocacy, investigations, and prosecutions through building a collaborative relationship of trust. This program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-Consensual Sex

Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-Consensual Sex

A good report is more than an accurate summary of the facts. A good report anticipates potential defense strategies and provides the information necessary to counter them. This webinar is designed to help investigators write a report that will support successful prosecution.

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Investigating and Prosecuting “Converted” Cases

Investigating and Prosecuting “Converted” Cases

Sexual assault victims can obtain a medical forensic exam without being faced with an immediate decision about participating in the law enforcement investigation and any criminal prosecution. The goal is to get victims the health care they need – as well as collecting and documenting evidence while it is available – without presenting victims with a decision about criminal participation that is framed as “all or nothing” and “now or never.” If victims are allowed to get support and take the time they need, the hope is that they will ultimately “convert” and decide they are able to fully participate in the process.

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