Investigating and Prosecuting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct
Fara Gold; Special Litigation Counsel; US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Criminal Section
The federal government has jurisdiction to prosecute federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, probation officers, prison and jail employees, among others, who commit sexual misconduct under color of law. Victims of these crimes often feel like they cannot “report the police to the police,” and therefore these crimes do not get prosecuted. However, victims often disclose to family, clergy, hospital staff, attorneys, counselors, and other “outcry” witnesses who are unaware of the federal government’s jurisdiction and that there is another avenue to report law enforcement sexual misconduct. We will examine the outcry witness’s role; federal law; the way in which federal and state authorities can work together to hold the perpetrators accountable; and evidentiary hurdles and investigatory challenges associated with prosecuting these cases where the perpetrator is law enforcement and the victim necessarily has credibility issues because of his or her status as an arrestee, inmate, or probationer.
Resistant or Resilient? Meeting the Needs of Youth Trafficking Survivors of Color
Tyffani Dent; Psychologist; Monford Dent Consulting and Psychological Services, LLC
This presentation will address the historical and ongoing failure of the sexual violence prevention/intervention movement to meet the needs of youth survivors of color, the social injustice that often results in the sexual abuse to prison pipeline for these youth, and ways to engage in culturally-competent interventions to meet the needs of Black and Hispanic adolescent human trafficking survivors.
Creative Partnerships: Moving Beyond Law Enforcement
Leah Green; Rural TA Specialist; Resource Sharing Project
Rural dual/multi-service advocacy agencies traditionally have worked closely with law enforcement, prosecution, and medical staff. While these systems have important roles in our community, many sexual assault survivors do not see these systems as part of their healing. By expanding our idea of community partners to include housing resources, faith communities, and animal shelters we can better meet the needs of sexual assault survivors.
Sexual Trauma and Mass Shootings: Clinical Considerations
Brandi Godbee-Whiting, LMHC; Lead Therapist; Victim Service Center of Central Florida
Mass shooting casualties across the U.S. have increased in recent years resulting in experiences of trauma for survivors, bystanders, and vicarious trauma in helping professionals. Mass shootings experienced directly or indirectly may be especially traumatic for individuals with a history of sexual trauma, resulting in increased depressive symptoms and decreased belief in the benevolence of the world. Researchers and scholars call for increased awareness regarding symptom presentation and therapeutic considerations for sexual trauma survivors following mass shootings. The presenter offers clinical recommendations including symptom monitoring, empowerment healing in the context of mass shooting disempowerment, and potential treatment plan adaptations.
Film: Blue Campaign Video and Audrie and Daisy*
*This film is 1 hour 45 minutes long so it will run over the 1 hour 15 minutes allotted for this time slot. Please plan accordingly if you intend to stay for the entirety of the film.
Audrie & Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), Audrie & Daisy — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying.
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