Prosecuting Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
Presented by John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas and Christopher Mallios, Former Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Two-thirds of women who were physically assaulted by an intimate partner were also sexually assaulted by that partner.* Perpetrators of intimate partner sexual assault derive power over their victims from diverse sources. They often use prior abusive conduct to control and compel their victims. They know and exploit their victims’ vulnerabilities to commit their crimes and prevent disclosures. Perpetrators also rely on the justice system’s belief in common domestic and sexual violence myths to escape accountability. To effectively counter these and other challenges, prosecutors must employ strategies that overcome the common dynamics upon which perpetrators rely.
The webinar discussed the prevalence of, and common dynamics of, intimate partner sexual assault; examined ways in which prosecutors, in partnership with other allied professionals, may need to expand their practices to adequately and holistically care for these victims; and summarized the legal issues relevant to the prosecution of intimate partner sexual assault.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.
*Lauren R. Taylor & Nicole Gaskin-Laniyan, Sexual Assault in Abusive Relationships, Nat’l Institute of Justice, www.nij.gov/journals/256/sexual-assault.html (last visited Sep. 29, 2014).
Click here to view the recording of the October 29, 2014 webinar.
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