Pennsylvania Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence

State Specific
March 8 - 11, 2011

The Pennsylvania Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence (PAIPSV) was a free state-specific version of the National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence (NIPSV) a three and one-half day course designed to challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting sexual violence crimes. PAIPSV explored the complex issues faced by prosecutors in balancing offender accountability and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to practical case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum addressed the development and improvement of culturally sensitive victim services by prosecutors; examined the benefits of developing a coordinated victim-centered community response; explained common injuries, relevant medical evidence and offered strategies for effectively working with medical experts; explored ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; and offered prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in sexual violence cases.??PAIPSV used hypothetical case problems, role-playing exercises, small group discussions, mini-lectures, and faculty demonstrations. Participants engaged in case evaluation and preparation to hone trial skills through an increased understanding of the many contexts in which sexual violence occurs. The highly interactive format enabled prosecutors from across the state, with varied levels of experience, to learn from one another and engage in "real-life" activities that are readily transferable to their everyday work. Prosecutors who have found strategies to overcome the unique challenges in handling sexual violence cases shared their success stories and techniques. Prosecutors left the institute with new ideas and methods for keeping victims safe and holding offenders accountable.

The conference was held at Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were 25 prosecutors from across the state of Pennsylvania in attendance, and all were qualified for?approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit.

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