Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


A Tale of Two Cases: The Importance of Believing and Supporting Sexual Assault Victims

A Tale of Two Cases: The Importance of Believing and Supporting Sexual Assault Victims

Through a case comparison of the Nassar and Kelly cases and prosecutions, Ms. Povilaitis will reveal the similarities and differences between the two cases, including the societal, media, judicial and victim responses of each. Povilaitis will reveal how even when best practices are incorporated and professionals adequately trained, there is never a guaranteed result for victims.

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Getting to “Guilty”: Guiding the Jury’s Response to the Evidence

Getting to “Guilty”: Guiding the Jury’s Response to the Evidence

This presentation will suggest ways to focus the jury’s attention on the evidence in a manner that accurately conveys the reality of sexual assault and assists jurors in rendering a fair and just verdict – beginning with jury selection and continuing through opening statement, presentation of evidence, and summation.

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Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

EVAWI’s Start by Believing campaign has impacted thousands of professionals in their work to respond effectively to sexual violence. In this session, Chelsea Young, a survivor of sexual assault at a small Virginia college, and Dwight Rudd, a Virginia Attorney, share how this campaign directly altered the criminal justice response to her case for the better.

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Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era Part I

Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era Part I

The first high-profile sexual assault prosecution in the #MeToo era spanned more than three years from the re-opening of the investigation to sentencing. Now, the sexually violent predator sits in a cell. In the three years it took to investigate and convict Cosby there were two trials, an endless line of criminal defense attorneys, and many highs and lows. During this plenary session you will hear from the two prosecutors who took on “America’s Dad” as they discuss and analyze the case’s impact on the world today. Particularly, the discussion will focus on the debunking of popular rape myths, assessing and advocating for the credibility of survivors, the shortcomings of prompt complaint jury instructions, and having the courage to take on the big case.

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Bringing Cosby to Justice: Part 2 – An Investigator’s Guide to the Cosby Prosecution

Bringing Cosby to Justice: Part 2 – An Investigator’s Guide to the Cosby Prosecution

This workshop will follow the plenary session on the Cosby prosecution. The workshop is built for investigators and practitioners and will concentrate on the most significant investigative aspects of the case. The prosecution spanned more than three years from the re-opening of the investigation to sentencing. During those three years, there were two trials, scores of motions and hearings, nearly two dozen criminal defense attorneys, and a variety of unique issues related to the presentation of evidence. The audience will walk through the most impactful aspects of the case including the reopening of the investigation, calling multiple prior victims to testify, the use of experts to dismiss and contextualize common rape myths (especially involving known offenders), the challenges of trying the case twice under an international microscope, and the critical value of having the same detective involved from the first investigation in 2005 all the way through conviction in 2018.

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Why Is It So Hard to Believe Disclosures of Sexual Violence and What Can We Do About It?

Why Is It So Hard to Believe Disclosures of Sexual Violence and What Can We Do About It?

American society has a long tradition of disbelieving and discounting disclosures of sexual violence (SV). This deters survivors from reporting crimes and participating in the criminal justice process, and also from accessing services that would help them address SV-related mental health and physical health problems. This session will examine factors that contribute to these harmful practices: lack of knowledge about the true nature of SV, the lingering impact of historical SV laws, and commonly held stereotypes about SV. The session will also explore the role of alcohol-related blackouts in many SV cases and implications for investigation and prosecution. The session will conclude with a discussion of how to use this information to improve public understanding of SV and support for survivors.

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It’s Not About Us: Collaborative Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases

It’s Not About Us: Collaborative Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates have different roles in the criminal justice system. This means we may not always agree. Yet the reality is that we share a common goal: protection of the victim and the community.

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Stop Bouncing Cases: Using Cross Deputized Prosecutors in Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Cases

Stop Bouncing Cases: Using Cross Deputized Prosecutors in Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Cases

The presenters will provide practical tools for working with victims using cross-deputized prosecutors. Topics will include how to build a collaborative multidisciplinary team including cross-deputized prosecutors, better assess for sexual violence and appropriate charging decisions to hold offenders accountable. Case examples will also be used to show successful responses to sexual assault in the context of domestic violence. This workshop offers participants a chance to understand the formation of a collaborative domestic violence prosecution center that includes law enforcement and advocacy responses, and the development of protocols for these cases.

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Serving Crime Victims in Post-Conviction Exonerations

Serving Crime Victims in Post-Conviction Exonerations

There has been an increasing number of post-conviction exonerations over the past two decades, many led by police and prosecutors. However, little attention has been paid to the impact of exonerations on the victims and survivors of the original crime. Addressing and meeting their needs is critical to promoting trust and fairness in our criminal justice system. This presentation will present actual experiences of sexual assault survivors and murder victim family members in these cases and provide insight into the unique approaches for the field on how to better serve and support them.

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My Story Behind the Story

My Story Behind the Story

At 23, Barreras set out on a path to help other survivors of abuse. He became a Special Agent with Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault investigations. Later he stumbled onto another path, catapulting him into victim advocacy where he served as a Victim Advocate for the Air Force, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Coast Guard Barreras’ personal and professional experiences also led him to create Difference Makers (10 Strong), a speaker’s bureau of 10 survivors who work to engage military and civilian communities around the globe.

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