Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Using Technology to Identify Sexual Abuse in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Using Technology to Identify Sexual Abuse in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

New information technologies, such as the Right Care Now Project, detect patterns of abuse from information about a person’s function and health regularly entered into the system by caregivers. This system creates notifications to DSPs, providers, and administrators recommending an investigation for sexual abuse.

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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. Sexual assault cases are different than any other type of crime and because of this, it is crucial that we as law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates realize that these cases are not about us at all. We may have different roles, but we all have the same goal. People commonly talk about law enforcement and prosecution “collaborating” on a case together, but what does that really mean in a practical sense? How does collaboration work when you have to be cognizant of the very different roles a law enforcement officer and prosecutor play in the justice system? How do you overcome the difference between probable cause and proof beyond a reasonable doubt? Who makes sure the victim is included and understands how the process and system work when trying to maintain neutrality in a fair and balanced investigation?

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A Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault: A Collaborative Perspective

A Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault: A Collaborative Perspective

The District of Columbia Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) has developed an innovative, survivor-centered model, which facilitates strong relationships between community stakeholders and improves response to survivors of sexual assault. The facilitators of this workshop will describe unique methods implemented for a unified response, such as monthly SART meetings; an application which allows stakeholders and survivors to track Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERK); coordination to process toxicology specimens for survivors who have not reported to law enforcement; interdisciplinary trainings; and coordination with a local pharmacy to deliver nPEP medications directly to the survivor. These innovative methods, among others, have led to zero backlog for report PERKs; zero backlog for report and non-report toxicology specimens, accountability for 100% of PERKs; and a seamless, coordinated response for survivors of sexual assault. The success of this program hinges on active involvement from each of the SART stakeholders. This workshop will include a panel of SART members who will discuss strengths and challenges of forming and maintaining relationships using this model, as well as answer questions from the audience.

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Coordinated Community Advocacy for Latina Survivors of Gender Based Crimes

Coordinated Community Advocacy for Latina Survivors of Gender Based Crimes

Latina survivors of gender-based violence face several challenges that require meaningful collaborations to provide comprehensive services. Casa de Esperanza has been providing direct services to Latina survivors for over 35 years, and national training and technical assistance for over 10 years. The session will provide participants with an understanding of the concepts related to community/mobile advocacy, Latina realities, meaningful collaborations and coordinated community response. Based in our local and national experience, participants will reflect on Latina realities for survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking and learn how community/mobile advocacy meets participants needs. This process has proven to be more effective in establishing relationships with participants and coordinating several services to address their needs.

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US Center for SafeSport: Utilizing a Community Approach to Support Athlete Victims

US Center for SafeSport: Utilizing a Community Approach to Support Athlete Victims

Through this presentation, the Center will address the complex nature of an investigation and the intersection between law enforcement, victim advocacy, and sport. The Center will discuss the current and future outreach efforts it has taken to connect law enforcement, NGBs, and victim advocacy. In addition, the center will highlight the importance of connecting victims with advocacy early in the process, with additional support from law enforcement and intake support functions throughout the process. The presenter will outline that process and reflect on how each role intersects and coordinates with the other systems, to put victims first. The specific topics of discussion will include coordination of parallel investigations and working with victims.

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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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Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

The presentation will provide an overview of the previously Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funded grant project that is now permanently funded by the Denver Police Department. The project, now called the Pretrial Victim Services Unit, is a collaboration of the Victim Assistance Unit within the Denver Police Department and Denver Pretrial Services and is the first of its kind in the country. This new unit aims to address a gap in the criminal justice system and enhance victim advocacy outreach and supports to victims of domestic violence during the pretrial phase of a case. Victims now receive ongoing information regarding pretrial supervision terms and conditions imposed at the time of the first appearance through the end of the prosecution of the case. Real time notifications of supervisory violations put victims in contact with advocates who can use this information to empower victims and help them safety plan. Victim Advocates from this unit work in collaboration with law enforcement, prosecutorial victim advocates, pretrial services officers, and many other agencies, providing a more comprehensive, continuous and higher quality of support to victims.

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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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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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Stalking in the Digital Age: How to Prevent Victimization

Stalking in the Digital Age: How to Prevent Victimization

Abuse doesn’t always come in the form of physical threats or violence. Online behavior is also abusive if it makes you feel scared or threatens your safety. In a world where we’re always connected, the potential for cyberbullying and digital stalking is more prevalent than ever. Over 200 apps and services exist that offer would-be stalkers a variety of capabilities, from location tracking, to harvesting text messages– and even secretly recording video. Education surrounding these evolving technologies is greatly needed to prevent victimization in the Digital Age.

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