Sexual Assault Testimony

LIVE TRAINING: SANE Expert Witness Training

I know I don’t normally post live trainings, but this is one of my favorite to teach, and the solicitation has just gone out. It’s a course for both sexual assault nurse examiners AND prosecutors, so please spread the word to your colleagues. Please note: this course tends to fill-up, so I encourage you to move on this if you’re interested. Click through for details and the application.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Nurses, is pleased to announce the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners’ Expert Witness Training. The seminar will be held July 7-9, 2015, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided by the Office of Legal Education. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specialists in one of the most well-known fields within the field of forensic nursing. Many prosecutors are comfortable using forensic nurses to testify to the facts of a case. However, forensic nurses are often overlooked as accessible expert witnesses. Prosecutors can use forensic nursing expert testimony to educate the jury on the characteristics of battered individuals (to include minimizing and recanting, mechanisms of injury and wounds) and to inform the jury why there may be an absence of injury. Forensic nurses can also assist prosecutors by reviewing medical records prior to trial and identifying relevant portions of the documentation.

This training is designed for SANEs interested in providing expert testimony. This class is also designed for prosecutors assigned to sexual assault and domestic violence cases who want to learn more about the effective use of a SANE as an expert witness in their cases. Priority admission will go to those medical providers working on cases arising in Indian Country. This class has a mock trial component, and prosecutors and a SANE(s) who work cases together are encouraged to register as a team. Training Officers/SACs/SSRAs are invited to nominate individuals from their division or department who would benefit from this training opportunity.

Please copy and complete the form in the link below for each of your nominees and E-Mail or FAX to the attention of Delores McCarter, Office of Legal Education, FAX number 803-705-5110. Nominations are due by May 1, 2015. The Office of Legal Education will review all nominations and will send an e-mail advising nominees of their selection on or about May 11, 2015. Selected nominees will also receive travel and lodging information.

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