Putting the Pieces Together: Prosecuting Perpetrators of Incest While Supporting Child Victims & Families

02/26/2013 - 2:30pm
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Cases of sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member can be difficult to prosecute. Misperceptions about the dynamics of incest can lead to inadequate response by victim service providers and other members of the system.  Prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals can provide crucial support to children and families surviving incest by learning to identify and respond to their unique needs.Join us as Jennifer Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, and former prosecutor, and Alissa Mailen Perrotto, Online Resource Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and former children’s advocate, discuss strategies for preparing and litigating cases of incest while supporting children and families.By the conclusion of this presentation participants will be better able to:• Recognize the unique challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of incest cases• Overcome potential barriers in the prosecution of incest cases to improve offender accountability • Collaborate with advocates to decrease the likelihood retraumatizing child victims during investigation and prosecution

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