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Reduce Attrition Rates of Sexual Assault Through Proper Charging Decisions and Effective Jury Selection

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Time: 4:00 am – 5:30 am ChST

Provided By: End Violence Against Women International

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Despite extensive research exploring the dynamics of sexual assault and common profiles of survivors and perpetrators, crimes of sexual violence continue to be misunderstood by the average juror, prosecutor, and judge. Too many people still believe the outdated myths of "real rape" that shift blame from the offender to the survivor. This webinar will dispel the myths of "real rape," then focus on the charging decision and the art of jury selection for successful prosecutions of sexual assault offenders.
Prosecutors, much like the general public, frequently have a world-view of "real rape" that is based on myths, gender-based stereotypes, and implicit biases. This view can result in the rejection of cases for charging and, if the case is charged, in an ineffective and unsuccessful prosecution. This workshop will focus on the charging decision, the use of offender-based language in the courtroom, and effective jury selection with the goal of reducing the attrition of sexual assault cases in the criminal justice system.
The goal of voir dire (the questioning of prospective jurors) is to select a jury that can be fair to both sides and render a verdict based on the facts, not personal biases. In sexual assault cases, jury selection is also the opportunity to educate the jury about the myths of real rape; identify and strike jurors whose biases will interfere with their ability to render a fair verdict; and prepare the jury for difficult facts and the use of graphic terminology and evidence during the trial.
Through the use of interactive exercises, participants will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to make appropriate charging decisions and effectively select a jury in cases of sexual assault. This webinar will also equip participants with tools and knowledge to share with their colleagues in their own offices.

Healing Centered Engagement and myPlan App Webinar: Rethinking Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care

Date: December 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 am – 7:30 am ChST
Provided by: Futures Without Violence
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How can we move beyond simply domestic violence screening and referral to create health care responses to violence that offer critical strategies to promote prevention, healing and health promotion. Further, how do we ensure that we are thinking holistically about patients and clients rather than focusing on their trauma alone? We know from anti-violence advocacy, that the most potent and sustained change with survivors is strength based and comes from building on what is already going well. Join us for a webinar discussion with luminaries in our field to explore universal education and healing centered engagement as a starting point for achieving the health outcomes that survivors desire. We will consider this approach conceptually and through the use of health interventions and myPlan, a tool for patients and providers alike to help survivors weigh their options and make decisions that will help them meet their health and safety goals.

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