Investigating and Prosecuting the Intimidation of Victims of Sexual Abuse in Confinement
Presented by Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Witness intimidation is a chronic problem with devastating implications, regardless of where it occurs or to what foundational crimes it is attached. Sexual abuse in confinement, however, is a crime that compounds the horrific nature of sexual abuse with a venue of incarceration – a place where victims literally cannot escape their attacker – and therefore presents unique opportunities for intimidation. Sexual abuse in confinement creates “severe consequences for victims, for the security of correctional facilities, and for the safety and well being of the communities to which nearly all incarcerated persons will eventually return." National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, 77 Fed. Reg. 119, 37200-01,37106. Intimidation in these cases hinders their investigation and prosecution, allows defendants to evade accountability, and turns facilities into bastions for sexual abusers and human rights violators.
This webinar was designed to identify strategies for investigations and prosecutions that build trust in the criminal justice system and provide multiple, safe, and confidential points of entry for potential reporters. In addition, victim and witness safety, retaliatory violence, verbal and physical intimidation, and financial and emotional manipulation were discussed. The presenter also discussed the potential for intimidation and violence over the course of multiple cases and across time in a single case as well as policies and protocols that promote effective prosecution of these cases.
Allied justice system professionals, including but not limited to prosecutors, adult and juvenile corrections staff, community-based service providers, faith-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, law enforcement officers, 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 view the recording of the July 16, 2013 webinar.
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