Judges Tell: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Assault Case

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October 30, 2017

Sexual assault cases present a unique challenge for the judiciary. They are unique in that they are beset with a myriad of deeply held stereotypes and misconceptions that can undermine the judicial process. To assist new judges, the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) canvassed judges across the country who had attended NJEP programs to ask what these judges wished they had known before they presided in an adult victim sexual assault case, or a case of co-perpetrated sexual abuse and domestic violence. Judges Tell presents these judges' 25 points followed by commentary and sources.


  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls


Lynn Hecht Schafran
Claudia Bayliff
  • National Judicial Education Program



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