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Publications

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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The Prosecutors’ Resource on Sexual Violence Cases Involving Victims With Intellectual Disabilities

Aequitas

Learn best practices for working with sexual violence victims with intellectual disabilities and employ strategies for effectively evaluating, charging, and prosecuting these cases.

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Model Response to Sexual Assault Violence for Prosecutors (RSVP Model): An Invitation to Lead

Aequitas

This document sets forth the Model Response to Sexual Violence for Prosecutors (RSVP) – the cornerstone of the Sexual Assault Justice Initiative (SAJI) proposal for improving the prosecution response to sexual violence. The RSVP Model is a collection of office- and case-level promising practices, identified through research and the experience of both AEquitas staff and partnered prosecutors, that positively impact case outcomes by using measures of success beyond conviction rates.

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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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Challenges Multiplied- Multi-Defendant Rape and Witnessed Rape

December 15, 2016

Aequitas

Headlines related to multiple-offender and witnessed rape cases are becoming more prevalent, but experienced sexual violence prosecutors know that these cases are not new. These already difficult cases are becoming more complex due to the use of technology – particularly social media – to threaten and intimidate both victims and witnesses. Whether defendants pursue a common strategy or attempt to blame each other, they often seek to manipulate the justice system and to cast doubt on their victim’s credibility in the interest of avoiding accountability. Where multiple defendants or witnesses are involved, the challenges to prosecution multiply as well, requiring innovative solutions to achieve justice while protecting victim privacy and witness safety. This webinar recording addresses issues that commonly arise in cases of multiple-offender and witnessed rape cases. Topics covered in this webinar include:  Digital evidence, joinder and severance, immunity, principals and accessories, admissibility of evidence, witness intimidation, and common defenses.

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.

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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