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Upcoming Workshops

There are currently no upcoming workshops related to sexual assault reform. Please go to “Resources” for information on upcoming and past online webinars.

Past Events


Navigating the Sea of Resources for Sexual Assault Programs
February 14, 2017 | New Orleans, Louisiana

The FTCoE hosted this workshop at the American Academy of Forensic Science Meeting (AAFS) in New Orleans, Louisiana. This workshop highlighted how federal resources in the United States can advance victim-centered support programs, investigations, and forensic services that aid sexual assault programs, especially the processing of untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) and forensic evidence which bolster the criminal justice process. [Click here to read more]

Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium
September 8-9, 2016 | Washington, DC

Through the FTCoE, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) hosted Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium. 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 unprecedented event, which featured an array of stakeholders including medical staff, law enforcement, crime laboratories, victims’ advocates, and prosecution, highlighted current accomplishments and shared valuable experiences from jurisdictions throughout the country. The goal of the event was to support our nation’s policymakers and practitioners as they drive future efforts to solve sexual assault cases, provide justice to victims, and ultimately improve public health and public safety. [Click here to read more and access archived content]

Sexual Assault on Campus: Investigation, Prosecution, Title IX and the Role of Forensic Nursing
May 1, 2015 | Duquesne University

Although as many as one in five female college students will be sexually assaulted during her undergraduate career, less than 5% of completed or attempted rapes against college women are reported to law enforcement, and reported assailants receive little or no punishment from their schools’ judicial systems. Nearly one year after the White House issued “Not Alone,” a report on steps colleges should take to address sexual assaults, and after the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights unveiled a list of 55 schools under investigation for possible Title IX violations, the FTCoE hosted this symposium in collaboration with the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University. [Click here to read more and access archived content]

Organizing and Transferring SANE/SAFE/SART Knowledge and Best Practices
January-September 2014

The FTCoE coordinated a comprehensive Federal effort to organize and transfer knowledge and best practices of sexual assault nurse examiners, sexual assault forensic examiners, and collaborative sexual assault response teams (SANE/SAFE/SART). This FTCoE effort focused on systemic challenges that impede the investigation of criminal sexual assaults in the United States, with goals that include creating an awareness of resources and ensuring that existing research, information, knowledge, and best practices are available and accessible to SANE/SAFE/SART and other practitioners who contribute to the nation’s response to sexual assault. [Click here to read more and access archived content]

Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Workshop
August 11-12, 2014 | Washington, DC

The FTCoE hosted a two-day workshop on drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) in conjunction with the Society of Forensic Toxicologists continuing Education and Drug-facilitated Crimes Committees with the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This workshop included lectures on the investigation and prosecution of DFSA cases, alcohol and memory, and the various drugs used to facilitate sexual assault. [Click here to read more and access archived content]