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Publications

Safety Planning with Adult Sexual Assault Survivors: A Guide for Advocates and Attorneys

Victim Rights Law Center

This resource is a guide for advocates and attorneys working with adult sexual assault survivors. The goal of this guide is to help advocates and attorneys create the best and most effective safety plans for sexual assault survivors. Highlighted in this resource is safety planning with minors, considerations specific to non-intimate partner sexual assault, privacy considerations, safety assessment, discussing emotional safetly, and providing additional safety.

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Guidelines for Attorneys in Massachusetts: Representing Sexual Assault Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Victim Rights Law Center

This publication provides a framework for attorneys that are representing sexual assault survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities(I/DD). The goal of this resource is to assist attorneys in providing the best and most effective representation for these individuals. Outlined in this document is ways to communicate with a client with I/DD, common legal terms, ways to determine individual accommodation needs, and other persons/agencies working with sexual assault survivors.

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Law and Investigative Strategy: What Kind of Sexual Assault is This?

End Violence Against Women International

The objectives of this publication are to help law enforcement and attorneys determine the category of sexual assault, as well as whether or not force was used. This tool can help attorneys determine what kind of defense may be used and ways to overcome these defenses.

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Webinars

Stop Calling It ‘Revenge Porn’: Prosecuting Image Exploitation

August 3, 2016

Aequitas

This presentation explores the various forms of image exploitation and the types of statutes under which this abuse can be prosecuted, enabling prosecutors to choose the most advantageous charging strategies within their own jurisdictions. In addition, offender-focused trial strategies are offered to assist in overcoming common victim-blaming defenses.

Under the Radar: Prosecuting Intimate Partner Violence

October 29, 2013

Aequitas

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.

The ABCs of BAC: Toxicology for Prosecutors and Investigators

August 2, 2018

Aequitas

This presentation will explain the toxicology of alcohol, as well as drugs, in lay terms that will help participants understand how they affect the body. Topics will include alcohol metabolism, the disproportionate effect of alcohol on women and men, the mechanism of intoxication, an explanation of blackouts vs. pass outs, and other common toxicological issues. It will also explore common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present.

Helping Sexual Assault Victims Navigate the Criminal Justice System

July 20, 2018

Legal Momentum

In this webinar, Jennifer Becker, Legal Momentum's Deputy Legal Director and Senior Attorney, officially launches a new online training for victim advocates and explains a bit about how to use the site. She also walks through content areas and explains why this training is so necessary.

 

Other Tools & Resources

End Violence Against Women International Online Training Institute

The OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) provides state-of-the art training to anyone who is interested, on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI offers the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim ( i.e., non-strangers).  

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Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, oversees programs and grants for service providers and other professionals who assist victims of crime.

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RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.

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