Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault
Presented by Christopher Mallios, Former Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Alcohol is the weapon most commonly used by sex offenders. Its unique toxicological effects, widespread use, and ease of consumption, render it the ideal substance to facilitate sexual assault. However, the same factors that make alcohol such a perfect weapon also present unique challenges for investigators, prosecutors, and other allied professionals in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA) cases.
This webinar explored common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases involving alcohol use by victims. Topics included the charging process, basic toxicology, working with experts, and trial strategies. The presenter discussed societal attitudes about alcohol, their affect on determinations of victim credibility, and collaboration between allied professionals. In addition, the presentation promoted a victim-centered response that incorporates offender-focused strategies for effective investigation and prosecution of AFSA cases.
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, judges, etc. 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 view the recording of the April 11, 2013 webinar.
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