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Publications

Judges Tell: What I wish I had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Assault Case

National Judicial Education Program

This resource is written from the perspective of multiple judges, who provide a number of tips that can help other judges navigate difficult sexaul assault trials. This education program can help judges understand common misconceptions regarding sexaul assault trials and how to properly preside over them.

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Promoting Fairness by Minimizing Victim Trauma During a Sexual Assault Trial

Legal Momentum

This resource aims to improve the way that judges navigate sexual assault trials in order to minimize victim trauma. Provided in this resource is a number of tips that can help judges lessen the trauma that victims experience when going through trial.

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10 Tips for Creating Judicial Education Programs about Adult Victim Sexual Assault

Legal Momentum

This handout provides tips for creating the most effective judicial education programs about adult victim sexual assault. By providing these tips, better educational programs can be designed to help judges navigate cases of adult victim sexual assault.

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Webinars

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.

Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Your Courtroom: Family Court and Civil Protection Order Cases

September 7, 2018

ASISTA Immigration Assistance

This webinar, for judicial officials, will provide an overview of how immigration issues related to domestic violence and sexual violence intersect with civil proceedings.

Raped or “Seduced”? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence

November 30, 2015

Legal Momentum

"Language can never be neutral; it creates versions of reality.” Yet, when we discuss sexual assault, we constantly use the language of consensual sex to describe assaultive acts. This language often implies consent and romance, rather than criminal acts. In addition, we describe violence against women in passive terms, allowing the perpetrators of this violence to remain invisible and unaccountable. We also use language that objectifies or blames sexual assault victims. This interactive webinar explores the language of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime. We will discuss specific examples of the language we use and explore how to discuss sexual assault in a way that more accurately depicts the crime.

 

Other Tools/Resources

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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