Trauma to Trial is an intensive, advanced training program designed to equip prosecutors and investigators with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively investigate and prosecute adult, non-stranger, sexual assault cases.
The conference focuses significantly on the roles of investigators and prosecutors, although all professionals working with sexual assault victims throughout the criminal justice process are invited to attend.
When: September 2020 Where: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona
Tempe Mission Palms, where Midwestern charm meets the warmth of the Southwest, is the only full-service hotel in the heart of Tempe, Arizona with convenient access to Scottsdale and Phoenix. The serenity of the surrounding desert landscape and its rose-colored vistas are reflected in the hotel’s décor and mimicked in its relaxing ambiance.
Sexual assault victims have suffered traumas that often will impact their memories and their ability to recount events. Interviewing victims who have experienced trauma requires a specific approach to be successful.
Learn a new approach to suspect interrogation that seeks information as much as a confession. Learn how to corroborate your victim’s statement through your suspect’s own words. Understand how communicating empathy keeps your suspect talking and increases the opportunities for corroboration and confessions.
These cases do not have to be “he-said/she-said”. Learn how to corroborate your victim’s statement in many non-traditional ways so that your victim is supported with concrete evidence at trial.
It is very common that alcohol consumption is an issue in our cases. Varying levels of intoxication bring different challenges in gathering effective statements and proving the lack of consent. “Pass-Out” and “Black-Out” are common defenses that are raised when alcohol and other drugs are involved. This requires a different approach to the investigation and the strategy used at trial in order to reach proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Many rape “myths” are prevalent throughout society and, therefore, our jury pool comes with many biases against our victim. Learn how to use these biases to your advantage, prepare your victim for cross-examination, and effectively combat the all too common “consent” defense.