SEXUAL ASSAULT

FAIR ADJUDICATION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES

  • In sexual assault cases, deeply held stereotypes and misconceptions can undermine fairness in the court systems, especially where the victim and perpetrator know each other, which is true in the vast majority of cases.
  • Justice system professionals need factual information about the nuances of sexual assault to ensure that these cases are handled fairly. To provide this insight, NJEP has created educational resources based on well-documented, factual analysis of the issue. These resources are designed to help members of the justice system develop techniques to minimize victim re-traumatization while safeguarding the rights of the defendant.
  • NJEP also provides ongoing training for justice system professionals. Groups and individuals who use our training range from judges to prosecutors to victim outreach coordinators.

SEXUAL ASSAULT EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES  

Model curricula

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

Web course

NJEP’s Web Course provides current interdisciplinary research from law, medicine and the social sciences that is applicable to judicial decision-making and case management. The site can be treated as a course or as a resource to be consulted as needed.

DVDs

NJEP’s DVDs can be used in conjunction with other training modules, or shown on their own.