#5033 - Prosecuting Sexual Assault and Related Crimes Course

Start Time/Date: 8:30 AM Monday, August 13, 2018
End Time/Date: 12:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2018
ADDRESS: Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Avenue NE
CITY: Bellevue, WA 98004

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Course Description

Sexual assault cases are some of the most difficult cases prosecutors, law enforcement, paralegals, victim witness professionals, health care professionals, and members of the prosecution team will handle. They raise countless emotions from a multitude of individuals. The news media and the entertainment industry perpetuate myths which compromise prospective jurors’ ability to fairly weigh the evidence and facts.  The impact of social media can be devastating to the victim and their families.  The complexities of victim dynamics, the absence of eyewitness corroboration, lack of scientific evidence, delayed reporting, allegations of false reporting, the misuse of technology by defendants for spying and stalking victims, witness intimidation/ recantation, safety issues, and backlash against the victims, these cases challenge traditional prosecution strategies and also test law enforcement protocols and policy. 

To assist members of the criminal justice system, community stakeholders, health care professionals, and all who work on behalf of victims to empower them to become survivors, the National District Attorneys Association presents the Prosecuting Sexual Assaults and Related Crimes course.   Join our experienced multi-disciplinary faculty as they discuss these and other issues essential to effective investigation, charging, prosecution, case management and sentencing in these cases. 

Tentative Topics Include:

• Stopping Victim Blaming Behavior

• The Myths:  The Realities:  The Investigation

• Effective Approaches for Utilizing Trauma Informed Interviewing

• Crafting Trial Strategies

• Manner Of Death: Sexual Assault Homicides

• The Charging Decision

• Cross Examination of Defendants and Their Experts

• Aggressive Motions Practice

• Protecting Victim Privacy

• Use of Experts- When, How and Where to Find Them

• Appropriate Assistance for Victims

• #METOO- From the Survivor’s Eyes Panel Discussion

• Overcoming the Consent Defense- the “Language” of Consent

• False Allegation Defense

• The Impact of Crawford on Sexual Assault Trials

• ER Care for Sexual Assault Victims

• Witness Intimidation Issues

• Alcohol and Drug Induced Rape

• Sexual Assault and the Military

• Innovative Initiatives for College Campuses

• Cyber Stalking

• Human Trafficking – Sex Trade Trafficking 

• The Visual Trial

• Jury Selection Issues

• Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

• Electronic Evidence

•Ethics & Professionalism