Trial Strategies for the Prosecution of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

Trial strategies for sexual abuse in confinement cases require consistent and comprehensive approaches designed to keep the focus on offenders’ criminal behavior. Prosecutors need to work to overcome jury bias, contextualizing and explaining victim behavior, and developing a trial theme that recreates the reality of the crime and the unique venue in which it occurred. To achieve these goals, prosecutors must employ a victim-centered response, particularly when considering common victim behaviors encountered in sexual abuse cases, including delayed disclosure, minimization, recantation, and a hesitance or failure to participate in the investigation or prosecution of the offender. This webinar provides prosecutors with the tools they need to prosecute a case of sexual abuse in confinement by challenging participants to consider innovative strategies to overcome the barriers identified in various case-related scenarios. Participants should be better able to develop case-in-chief tactics, work with victims who recant or do not want to participate in the investigation or prosecution of their case, and combat common defenses.

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.