The Time to Collect is Now: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:00 PM ET – 3:30 PM ET
Duration: 1.5 hour(s)
Improving the overall response to sexual assault includes understanding how touch DNA evidence impacts groping sexual assault cases. This webinar will illustrate the importance of these cases and highlight proposed guidelines for evidence collection. After viewing this webinar, please see “The Time to Analyze Is Now: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases” where Heather Mills and Dr. Valentine build on the concepts presented here. The follow-on webinar discusses evidence collection and packaging for trace DNA, laboratory workflow, validation studies, and clean techniques to use when collecting or working with DNA.
Detailed Learning Objectives:
1) Describe background information on touch DNA in sexual assault cases and factors that influence epithelial cell deposition
2) Explain evidence collection practice implications from groper case study and research findings
3) Identify possible suggestions and opportunities to expand evidence collection in groping sexual assault cases in their jurisdictions
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.
Dr. Julie Valentine
Please contact us at ForensicCOE@rti.org for any questions.
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