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Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault

End Violence Against Women International

In this article, EVAWI focuses on the scenario where victims summon the courage to report a
sexual assault, only to be disbelieved, mistreated, and later charged (often erroneously) with false reporting or associated crimes such as obstruction of justice, interfering with law enforcement, or providing false statements.

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Best Practices in the Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Guidance for CCR/SART Response Protocols

End Violence Against Women International

This resource discusses the development of CCR/SART response protocols, which are a set of agreed upon procedures for various agencies responding to domestic or sexual violence incidents. This resource is accompanied by the “Enhancing Local Collaboration in the Criminal Justice Reponse to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: A CCR/SART Development Toolkit”. The goal of this toolkit is to help teams establish successful protocols when handling situations of domestic violence and/or sexaul assault.

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Investigating Sexual Assaults

End Violence Against Women International

Accompanied by the Model Policy on Investigating Sexual Assaults, this paper is based on the developmental philosophy and implementation required for model policy. Also highlighted in this paper is the field investigative procedures and best practices for working with sexual violence victims. This resource can help law enforcement executives adjust the model policy to the requirements and circumstances of their own communities and agencies.

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Webinars

New Training Package: Raped, then Jailed- Webinar and Training Materials

December 14, 2019

End Violence Against Women International

EVAWI has developed a new training presentation to explain how these scenarios unfold, highlighting factors that distinguish an interview conducted with a victim versus a suspect in a criminal investigation, and reviewing the research on false confessions. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how this injustice can be prevented, by following best practices for sexual assault investigations, victim interviews and prosecution. You are welcome to use these materials to present Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault. We offer a PowerPoint slide presentation, along with detailed trainer notes and supplemental resources for background information and additional tools. You can also watch an earlier version of the presentation as a recorded webinar given by EVAWI’s CEO and Founder, Sergeant Joanne Archambault (Retired, San Diego Police Department). 

Click link to view the webinar: https://vimeo.com/378334920

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Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women Crimes: Victim Safety and Confidentiality

February 1, 2018

International Association of Chiefs of Police

This webinar presents information about balancing victim safety and confidentiality with officer safety and accountability. It highlights safety and confidentiality issues that should be considered as body-worn camera programs are created or updated, include video release, retention and viewing.

Body-Worn Cameras and Violence Against Women Crimes: Program and Policy Development

February 1, 2018

International Association of Chiefs of Police

This webinar presents information about the creation or update of body-worn camera policies and programs highlighting the considerations specific to intimate partner violence including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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.

Decreasing the Number of Incorrectly “Unfounded” Sexual Assault Reports

April 1, 2012

Battered Women's Justice Project

Law enforcement is responsible for clearing cases using definitions provided by the FBI. Case unfounding is a clearance method that includes, but is not limited to, cases that are determined to be false reports. Unfortunately, in many sexual assault cases, unfounding may also be used improperly to clear cases that are believed or assumed to be false, rather than factually proven to be false. Over the course of 18 months, the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (ORSATF) trained approximately 600 Oregon police officers in four Oregon departments about the proper case closure methods for sexual assault reports. Concurrently, the ORSATF conducted a series of audits of sexual assault reports that had been cleared as “unfounded” by those four departments. Results from the data indicated strongly that a relatively basic training had a tremendous impact on the rates of incorrectly coding sexual assault cases as “unfounded”.

 

Other Tools/Resources

Comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement on Sexual Assault to Prevent Gender Bias

Training Bulletins
 
Many of the Training Bulletins in EVAWI's Resource Library provide additional information:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Key Resources
 
Other key resources include:
 
 
 
 
 

Comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement on Sexual Assault to Prevent Gender Bias


 
Training Presentation
 
We developed a PowerPoint presentation that you can use to give your own presentations on Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation. The presentation includes detailed trainer notes and supplemental resources for background information and additional tools. You can even watch the presentation being given in a 2-part webinar series by Gender Equality Consultant Heather Huhtanen and Sergeant Michael Crumrine of the Austin Police Department:
 
 
Trainer Referrals
 
If you’re looking for someone to provide training on this topic for your agency or community, please review the Trainers / Consultants page on EVAWI’s website. Many of the featured experts are prepared to offer training based on EVAWI’s materials.
 
Recorded Webinars
 
EVAWI also offers a variety of recorded webinars on related topics in our Webinar Archive. Because they are available for free, 24 hours a day, you can use them to expand your own knowledge in this area, or to provide training in a group setting:
 
 
 
 
 

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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