Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Who Needs Force When You Have Alcohol? Parts 1 & 2
Presented by Jane Anderson and Patricia Powers, AEquitas Attorney Advisors
Alcohol is the most common weapon used to facilitate sexual assault. Offenders use alcohol because it renders victims vulnerable, affects memory, and impairs judgment and physical ability. Its unique toxicological effects, widespread use, and ease of consumption make it ideal for offenders who commit sexual assaults. Of course, some of the same factors that make alcohol such a perfect weapon also present unique challenges for investigators, prosecutors, and other allied professionals in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA) cases.
This presentation, delivered in two parts, explored common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present. More specifically, the presenters focused on identifying corroborating evidence, interviewing victims, basic toxicology, the affect of societal attitudes about alcohol on determinations of victim credibility, and trial strategies. In addition, these recordings promote a victim-centered response that incorporates offender-focused strategies for effective investigation and prosecution of AFSA cases.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, judges, etc. are encouraged to view these recordings.
These two one-hour recordings should qualify prosecutors for two (2.0) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording of Part 1 from January 29, 2016. Click here to view the recording of Part 2 from February 11, 2016.
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