Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judicial Response to Rape and Sexual Assault

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June 2017
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Publication

The following suggestions were developed by judges from more than 25 state and tribal jurisdictions who attended presentations of the National Judicial Education Program’s Understanding Sexual Violence curriculum. During these presentations judges were asked how they could incorporate the material explored into their role as judges during the pre-trial, trial, and sentencing phases of an adult victim sexual assault case. Their ideas are summarized here. Since laws and procedures vary, these ideas may or may not apply to your jurisdiction.