Investigating and Prosecuting the Intimidation of Victims of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

Victims who are sexually abused while incarcerated literally cannot escape their attackers. The confinement setting compounds the harm to the victims and makes them uniquely vulnerable to intimidation on the part of assailants or their allies. Intimidation hinders the investigation and prosecution of these cases, allows perpetrators to evade accountability, and turns confinement facilities into bastions for sexual abusers. This webinar identifies strategies for investigations and prosecutions that build trust in the criminal justice system and provide multiple safe and confidential means to report these crimes. It also discusses victim and witness safety, retaliatory violence, verbal and physical intimidation, and financial and emotional manipulation. The presenter explains the potential for intimidation and violence over the course of multiple cases or over time in a single case. The presenter also discusses the importance of policies and protocols to promote effective prosecution of these cases

This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.