2016 NSAPS Panel 1 – Immediate Aftermath of Sexual Assault

2016 NSAPS Panel 1 – Immediate Aftermath of Sexual Assault


The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted "Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium" on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C.

This panel provided an overview of how a traumatic event like sexual assault greatly affects how a victim processes the trauma and why victims may have varied reactions to an assault. Panelists discussed the neurobiology of trauma as it relates to sexual assault victims, reasons why victims may or may not contact the authorities or have evidence collected, the potential for re-victimization, and the need for comprehensive and trauma-informed responses. The symposium focused on how the nation is moving forward and finding solutions to the complex issues that arise in sexual assault cases and in testing sexual assault evidence. This webinar was recorded in its entirety at the time of the live event in order to capture the one-on-one interaction with the presenter.


  • Natasha S. Alexenko | Survivor and Founder of Natasha’s Project
  • Jenifer Markowitz | SA Nurse Examiner and Forensic Nursing Consultant
  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D. | Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Contact us at with any questions and subscribe to our newsletter for notifications.

Related Content

FLN-TWG: A Roadmap to Improve Research and Technology Transition in Forensic Science

← Back to FLN-TWG Main Page  Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG) The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in partnership with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) at RTI International, formed the Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group…

In-Brief Report Series: Digital Transformation of Cold Case Reviews

Date November 2022 Overview Advances in forensic science and investigative capabilities represent opportunities and challenges for allied criminal justice professionals involved in violent crime cold case investigations. Modern techniques and technologies can uncover important insights that may not have been…