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Past Events

  • Untested Rape Kits: the Issue, the Impact, and the Response

    June 25, 2014 1:00 PM
    This webinar focuses on our nation’s untested sexual assault kit problem, the impact on victims’ lives, how it differs from the “rape kit backlog,” and innovative federal and state policy initiatives underway to address the issue.

  • Fighting Trafficking with the Power of Forensic Science

    June 23, 2014 1:00 PM
    This webinar will focus on new efforts to address worldwide trafficking in persons using forensic science.

  • Into the Lab: Mandatory Testing of Sexual Assault Kits

    April 25, 2014 2:00 PM
    Illinois (in 2009) and Texas (in 2011) enacted state laws mandating the testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs). Both laws required audits of the untested sexual assault kits that had languished for years in evidence storage rooms as well as timely testing of all sexual assault kits moving forward. This webinar will describe how the Illinois and Texas laws came about, key aspects of both states’ laws, results of the statewide audits and impact of the laws on the criminal justice system and victims of sexual assault. Speakers will discuss barriers to passage of these laws, challenges to implementation, and wish lists for improvement.

  • Enhancing Sexual Assault Investigations Through Cultural Change: A Case Study

    March 26, 2014 2:00 PM
    This webinar, presented by Mary Lentschke, Assistant Chief for the Houston Police Department, describes the cultural shift that occurred within the Houston Police Department over the last two and a half years as a result of a grant from the National Institute of Justice to examine the issue of untested evidence in sexual assaults. The paradigm shift took more than training or revised protocols, but resulted in the integration of stakeholder services and a renewed focus on victims’ needs; both which improve sexual assault investigations and outcomes for victims.

  • Untested Sexual Assault Kit Training: Investigation, Prosecution, and Victim Response

    Location: Richfield, OH
    March 18, 2014 8:30 AM

  • The Untested Rape Kit Crisis and Cold Case Sexual Assault Prosecutions

    March 14, 2014 2:00 PM
    In 2009, over 11,300 untested rape kits were discovered in a Detroit Police Department property storage facility. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, a two and one-half year project was begun to determine why the kits went untested and to develop strategies for preventing this type of crisis from reoccurring. This webinar is presented by Kym Worthy.

  • Promoting Crime Victims' Rights with Social Media

    March 11, 2014 5:00 PM
    This webinar on social media strategies produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with Indigo Strategies focuses on ways to utilize social media to support crime victims' rights.

  • Serial Offending and the Testing of Rape Kits

    January 14, 2014 11:00 AM

    Research on so-called “undetected” rapists – men who commit rapes but who are either not reported or not prosecuted for their crimes – has clearly demonstrated that the old stereotypes about rapists are false. This webinar, presented by Dr. David Lisak, covers how undetected rapists, who represent the vast majority of rapists, and account for the vast majority of rapes, use extensive planning, often use of alcohol and other drugs to render their victims vulnerable, and rely on minimal force to threaten and intimidate their victims into submission. A majority of these rapists are serial offenders, and the evidence suggests that they typically begin their offending careers during adolescence. Evidence also indicates that serial offenders account for more than 90% of all rapes. These data underscore the potential importance of testing non -stranger sexual assault kits and maintaining DNA databases derived from the processing of rape kits.

  • Taking Action for Identity Theft Victims

    December 12, 2013 2:00 PM
    The webinar features two experts in the identity theft field. Merry O’Brien, Project Director, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Project, and Hazel Heckers, Victim Advocate, State of Colorado, will outline what identity theft is and provide steps to recovery from identity theft that focus on both the short and long-term approach, including case examples from the many years of experience of the presenters.

  • The Long Road to Justice: Victims' Rights and Untested Sexual Assault Kits

    December 11, 2013 2:00 PM
    Several communities have started large scale testing of previously untested (backlogged) sexual assault kits. Most of the victims, whose kits have sat untested for 10, 15 and even 20 years, never thought they would be contacted by law enforcement after so many years. Yet many victims are being contacted and their statutory crime victims’ rights are in place to help them. This webinar looks at the rights of crime victims within the context of processing sexual assault kits. We’ll look at how existing victims’ rights can apply, as well as new developments in victims’ rights specifically crafted with cold cases and sexual assault kits in mind.