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Sexual Assault Webinar Recordings

The Battered Women's Justice Project will be posting links to selected webinar trainings.  They will be organized by topic and date.  These links will take you away from the BWJP website to iLinc's website where you will be asked to sign in to access the recording.  Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*).

The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI)

March 14, 2014

Presenter: Russell Strand, U.S. Military Police School, Chief, Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division.

Description: A new approach to interviewing sexual assault victims is gleaning more information about the crimes and leading to greater numbers of offender prosecutions.  Because law enforcement investigations are designed more for witnesses rather than victims, Russell Strand, U.S. Military Police School, Chief, Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division,  developed the forensic experiential trauma interview as a way to interview victims without making them relive the assault.

This webinar defines forensic psycho-physiological evidence, identify proper procedures for the collection of psycho-physiological evidence, and analyze the meaning of the forensic psycho-physiological evidence collected. Using the forensic experiential trauma interview approach, we can gather the best possible evidence by interviewing victims in ways that empower and calm them, so they are able to provide more accurate, coherent, consistent and persuasive narratives.

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BEST Party Model: Shaping Party Environments to Prevent Sexual Violence

March 12, 2014

Presenter: Ed Heisler, Executive Director, Men As Peacemakers; Co-Coordinator, Minnesota Men’s Action Network (MN-MAN): Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Description: For many college students, parties and college are like books and classes. They just go together. Students come to college to earn a degree, but college parties are an integral part of the recreational and social experience. Unfortunately, though, parties frequently include domination, disrespect, or use of sexual or physical violence against women. This can devastate individuals and negatively impact the entire campus community. The reality is that men are responsible for most of these damaging behaviors, and women are left to deal with party environments that become uncomfortable and dangerous. The party scene, however, does not have to be overshadowed by discomfort, fear, and violence against women. Men As Peacemakers, through its MN-MAN programming, has worked with students to create the BEST Party Model—an innovative approach to sexual assault prevention on college campuses.  BEST involves college men and women in shaping safe, respectful, and fun party environments that will help prevent sexual violence. This webinar will provide an introduction to the BEST Party Model, and explain what students are doing to create Party Revolution to prevent sexual violence.

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You Have Options

April 30, 2013

Content: Detective Carrie Hull and Susan Moen will present on how the “You Have Options”  program is reducing barriers to reporting sexual assault. “You Have Options” is the result of over two years working in collaboration with victims, victim advocates and other community partners to identify ways law enforcement can increase sexual assault reporting to, ultimately, have a better chance at holding offenders accountable.

At the Ashland Police Department the victim of a sexual assault controls how much or how little they participate and is given all the information available regarding options for their report in a no-pressure environment of his or her choosing. A victim can customize their experience with law enforcement by choosing between three different reporting options including "Information Only", "Partial Investigation" and "Complete Investigation". 

Faculty: Detective Carrie Hull of the Ashland, Oregon Police Department and Susan Moen, Executive Director of the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

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Intimate Partner Sexual Assault – Research and Advocacy

March 20, 2013

Content: Intimate partner sexual abuse includes a broad range of sexual conduct, illegal and legal. Sexual conduct that is illegal (e.g., rape, attempted rape, involuntary deviate sexual acts, sex trafficking) is a limited set of the full range of sexual abuse inflicted by intimate partners. [356] The spectrum of sexual acts that are abusive include: unwanted, nonconsensual or coerced sex acts; forced or denial of contraception and abortion; sex after childbirth or during illness; unwanted intercourse during menstruation; sex during sleep; sexual humiliation and degradation; sexually proprietary behaviors (e.g., jealousy, nagging about sex and accusations of infidelity); “make up” sex following physical assault or perceived infidelity; virginity and vaginal inspections; commercial sexual exploitation of partners; infibulation and other mutilation; sex through trick, fraud or misrepresentation; sexual abuse by proxy or viewing/acting out pornography; exposure of children to sexual acts; economic support conditioned on sex; nonconsensual sex with 3rd parties, animals, or objects; and more. 
Faculty will review the extant research on IPSA, and the implications of IPSA for advocacy, litigation and victim services will be discussed.

Faculty: TK Logan, Ph.D., a nationally known expert on violence against women, has served as professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky for the past 16 years and Walter S. DeKeseredy, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

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The Invisible War - Sexual Assault in the Military

June 26, 2012

Do you understand what survivors of military sexual assault experience when they report the assault? How does the system respond? What effect is there on a survivor’s military career? Do you think that sexual assault survivors in the military have fewer options for seeking assistance than civilian survivors? Are offenders held accountable? This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from a survivor and from the director of the award winning film, The Invisible War.

Faculty: Amy Ziering, Producer of The Invisible War; Kori Cioca, United States Coast Guard veteran and sexual assault survivor. Moderator: Glenna Tinney, Military Advocacy Program Coordinator, BWJP

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Decreasing the Number of Incorrectly “Unfounded” Sexual Assault Reports

April 24, 2012

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 4 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 4 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.”

Faculty: Christine Herrman, Executive Director, Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force

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Sexual Assault, Military Personnel, and Veterans

April 10, 2012

Content: Do you think that sexual assault survivors in the military have fewer options for seeking assistance than civilian survivors? Do you know what the VA term military sexual trauma means and how that differs from how DoD defines sexual assault? Do you know the resources available for survivors in DoD and the VA? Do you know how to access those resources? This webinar will provide an overview of sexual assault statistics, policies, programs, and services in both DoD and the VA. It will help you understand the difference between DoD and the VA and what that means for survivors who are seeking assistance. It will also provide information about screening, assessment, prevention, response, and intervention.

Faculty: Jean Wertman, Victim Assistance Analyst, Department of Defense, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office; Amy Street, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine. Moderator: Glenna Tinney, Military Advocacy Program Coordinator, Battered Women’s Justice Project.

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Organizing the Work of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)

March 22, 2012

Content: The 8-Step Protocol Development Cycle is a long-term strategy for systematically improving responses to sexual assault victims/survivors at the local level.  This approach is designed for use by multi-disciplinary teams that are seeking ways to coordinate and continuously improve their response to sexual assault.  This session will provide an overview of each of the eight steps of the Cycle, compare it to other system change efforts, and discuss how this approach might enhance your team’s current efforts.

Presenter: Leah Lutz, Sexual Violence Justice Institute @ MNCASA

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Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

February 23, 2012

Content: This presentation will examine the devastating dynamics of sexual assault by an intimate partner including the use of power and control in a battering relationship.  It will provide an overview of intimate partner sexual assault, the impact on victims and the resulting behavior and the importance of a coordinated community response to this crime.  Prosecutors and allied professionals will be better to recognize and respond to common challenges in these cases including the reluctant victim, victim intimidation and manipulation and confronting the misperceptions of the judge and jury.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be better able to:
  • Identify victims of intimate partner sexual assaults
  • Understand the unique medical-forensic issues for patients presenting after intimate sex assault
  • Successfully prosecute intimate partner sexual assaults

Faculty: Jennifer G. Long, JD, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women and Jenifer Markowitz ND, RN, WHNP-BC Medical Advisor.

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Sexual Coercion in the Context of Custody Litigation

December 1, 2011

Speakers: Connie J. A. Beck, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and serves as a core member of the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Arizona and Gabrielle Davis, is an Attorney Advisor for the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

Hosted by: Barbara Hart, J.D. and Kari Sonmore.

Content: Scant research has been devoted to how pre- and post- separation sexual coercion functions in the lives of abused women generally and, more particularly, what implications it has for child custody litigation. This webinar considers sexual coercion in context, discusses evidence-based methods of identifying sexual coercion, and connects the research to family court practice and advocacy.

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What You Always Wanted to Know About Military Justice, Intimate Partner Violence, and Sexual Assault But Didn't Know Who to Ask!

February 28, 2011

Content: Have you ever wondered how the military justice system differs from the civilian criminal justice system? Do you want to know the options for how the command and the military justice system can respond when there are incidents of intimate partner violence and sexual assault? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this Webinar is for you. The Webinar will provide an overview of the military justice system with an emphasis on intimate partner violence and sexual assault. There will also be an overview of the DOD Victim Witness Assistance Program.

Faculty: Major Breven Parsons, U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy, Military Justice Branch, Judge Advocate Division, Headquarters Marine Corps. Moderator: Glenna Tinney, Military Advocacy Program Coordinator, Battered Women’s Justice Project

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