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   Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
August 13, 2008

August 13, 2008

~The second online event in a Series on Sexual Violence.~

The discussion was moderated by Sergeant Joanne Archambault (slides), Executive Director for End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International.  The panel (bios) included:

  • Sergeant Jim Markey (slides) - Phoenix Police Department, Adult Sex Crimes Unit
  • Jennifer Pierce-Weeks (slides) - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner; President-elect, International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Roger Canaff (slides) - Deputy Chief, Sex Offender Management Unit, New York State Attorney General's Office

Recording - View the multimedia recording of this event.

Resources - Links to resources related to this event.

Polls - See the results of various audience polls (these numbers reflect informal polls of our audience, and are not intended for use as scientific data).

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Law Enforcement officers play an important role in preserving the chain of evidence in sexual assault cases. Successful preservation requires that the officer works closely with Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE).

This online event examined how law enforcement can work with SAFE's in order to collect sufficient evidence and provide quality care to the victim.  The panel discussed the importance of DNA collection and non-contamination, legal considerations, and the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) requirement for states to provide free forensic exams to sexual assault victims who choose not to report the assault to law enforcement.

This event was the second of four in the Series on Sexual Violence, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice.  Recordings and presenters' slides are now available for each event in the series:

  1. Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
    June 19, 2008
  2. Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
    August 13, 2008
  3. Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
    September 25, 2008
  4. Sexual Assault on College Campuses
    December 11, 2008

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