Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Who Needs Force When You Have Alcohol?

AEquitas is offering up a 2-part webinar series on alcohol facilitated sexual assault. Patti Powers, a favorite of mine, will be one of the featured speakers; it should be a great pair of webinars. Part I will be held January 29th from 3-4pm ET. Part II will be held February 11th from 3-4pm ET. This is another good one to share with your SART or other multidisciplinary team. Click through for details:

From the site:

Alcohol is the most common weapon used to facilitate sexual assault. Offenders use alcohol because it renders victims vulnerable, affects memory, and impairs judgment and physical ability. Its unique toxicological effects, widespread use, and ease of consumption make it ideal for offenders who commit sexual assaults. Of course, some of the same factors that make alcohol such a perfect weapon also present unique challenges for investigators, prosecutors, and other allied professionals in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA) cases.

This presentation, presented in two parts, will explore common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present. More specifically, it will focus on identifying corroborating evidence, interviewing victims, basic toxicology, the affect of societal attitudes about alcohol on determinations of victim credibility, and trial strategies. In addition, this presentation will promote a victim-centered response that incorporates offender-focused strategies for effective investigation and prosecution of AFSA cases.

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, judges, etc. are encouraged to register.