Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Identifying Repeat Offenders by Applying Lessons Learned from The Rape Kit Backlog

Identifying Repeat Offenders by Applying Lessons Learned from The Rape Kit Backlog

A new picture of sexual violence and homicide offenders has emerged due to increased funding to test backlogged and unprocessed rape kits, and the collection and processing of DNA from known offenders. This session will summarize findings from agencies nationwide and outline specific best practices gleaned from big misses in investigations and DNA processing. The presenter will provide case examples, resources for further guidance on intra- and inter-agency collaboration, as well as ideas for using DNA and information technology to identify and track repeat offenders.

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What You Focus On Grows: Stop Justifying Victims’ Behavior and Focus on Offenders’ Predatory Conduct

What You Focus On Grows: Stop Justifying Victims’ Behavior and Focus on Offenders’ Predatory Conduct

All too often investigators and prosecutors seek to justify a victim’s behavior, instead of focusing on the offender’s conduct. This session re-imagines offender focused investigations in a meaningful way and gives participants concrete ideas to create system changes within their own community. In this session, Dr. David Lisak, who has spent his career interviewing ‘undetected rapists’ will highlight some of his findings and help participants better understand the predatory nature of sexual violence.

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An Electronic Life – How to Destroy a Life through Sextortion

An Electronic Life – How to Destroy a Life through Sextortion

This workshop will address the case of State of Connecticut v. Christopher Lamb, and how a single person can devastate numerous lives through a few keystrokes. In this case, the defendant hacked into and took over the cloud storage and social media accounts of over 20 teenage victims, through exploiting his friendship with the victims and simple social engineering.

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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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Investigating Stalking Crimes Within Sexual Assault Cases

Investigating Stalking Crimes Within Sexual Assault Cases

In this session, two veteran law enforcement investigators, Cathy Garcia and Carlton Hershman, will cover the recognition and elements of stalking, focusing on ways to obtain evidence (some non-traditional) while investigating these crimes. They will discuss how to use an array of family and civil court documents and proceedings to enhance investigations.

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Public Trust: Confronting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era

Public Trust: Confronting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era

Through an examination of case studies, after-action reviews, and the emerging national demand for increased accountability for all forms of sexual misconduct, this webinar will encourage courageous conversations and inspire proactive leadership strategies to address and prevent law enforcement sexual misconduct.

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Community Informed Risk Assessment: Intimate Partner Violence, Including Sexual Assault

Community Informed Risk Assessment: Intimate Partner Violence, Including Sexual Assault

This webinar will address the origins, development, and science of the Arizona intimate Partner Risk Assessment Instrument System (APRAIS) as an example of community informed risk assessment. Presenters will explore the deployment of the tool and its accompanying protocols in the fields of law enforcement, victim advocacy, and the courts. Of paramount importance are respect for the autonomy, dignity, informed consent, and liberty rights of victims, the due process rights of suspects, and the need to be candid and transparent about the limited predictive capabilities of all risk assessment tools that screen for future threats of intimate partner violence (IPV).

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Adult Sex Offenders – What You Need to Know

Adult Sex Offenders – What You Need to Know

This webinar will provide a short but essential overview of adults who have been convicted of a sex offense. In this 90-minute webinar, David Prescott will offer an overview of the population, describe adult sex offender assessment, treatment and supervision, and cover special topics such as juveniles, females, and those who view sexually explicit media involving child sexual abuse imagery.

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Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits: Changing What We Know About Rape

Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits: Changing What We Know About Rape

In the Fall of 2014, The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education was approached by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) for the purposes of understanding more about these unsubmitted SAKs. Funded by the CCPO, the researcher team was given access to the SAK case files, and they coded a random sample of 243 sexual assaults case files with completed investigations that either resulted in prosecution or were not pursued due to insufficient evidence.

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