This free, online event was held on August 13, 2008, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event description: 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 webinar was moderated by Sergeant Joanne Archambault with panelists Sergeant Jim Markey, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks and Roger Canaff.