Sexual Abuse in Confinement – An Introduction for Prosecutors
Presented by Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Sexual abuse in confinement has persistently presented tremendous challenges to investigators and prosecutors because of internal and external barriers to reporting, including the behaviors, actions, and decision-making power of first responders that may result in the failure to make an official report to law enforcement. Additional challenges include issues related to evidence collection and retention, identification of witnesses, and multi-level biases against inmates.
This webinar was developed to provide an overview of the Prison Rape Elimination Act and recently released national standards that relate directly to a victim-centered, offender-focused investigation and prosecution of a sexual abuse in confinement. The webinar discussed victim behaviors generally and in the specific context of the dynamics inherent to a correctional setting. It will also focus on offender tactics, including grooming, isolation, threats, concealment or destruction of evidence, intimidation, the use of allies, and other coercive tactics.
Prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals including but not limited to adult and juvenile corrections staff, community-based service providers, faith-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to register and view the recording of the January 11, 2013 webinar.
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