THE CHALLENGES OF ADULT VICTIM SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES: MATERIALS FOR NEW JUDGES

Before a new judge presides in an adult victim sexual assault case or a case of co-occurring domestic violence and sexual abuse, he or she should know that these cases present unique challenges, and that there are resources to assist judges in meeting them.

This flexible Web course is designed to be presented in a variety of time-frames and provides new judges with critical resources for recognizing the complexity of sexual assault cases and adjudicating them effectively.

One key element of this module is the article, Judges Tell: What I Wish I’d Known About Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Abuse Case. This document provides judges with an immediate understanding of the most common challenges these cases poses and the best resources available to aid in their adjudication.

Aspects of the model curricula:

  • NJEP’s curriculum is available at no charge for a variety of uses: it can be utilized as the basis for in-person trainings and webinars or reviewed by individuals online.
  • The curriculum consists of:
    • A faculty manual for teachers
    • A Power Point presentation with suggested commentary
    • Exercises for participants
    • Handouts for participants
    • The curriculum can be adapted to local laws and practices