Friday Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Summoned: Why This Is More Than Just a Job!
Detective Kevin McNeil presents a motivating and compelling presentation on why helping abuse victims is more than just a job -- it is a calling.
This presentation will highlight why your job is more than just something you get paid to do; it's a unique call to service. Part of Kevin’s presentation highlights the importance of providing a space for victims to talk about their abuse in a friendly, supportive environment, such as the child advocacy center. Kevin also demonstrates how neuroscience confirms that talking about abuse in a supportive environment increases the chances of victims recovering from their abuse, enabling them to live healthy lives. Attendees will also see how forensic interviews are changing lives and giving parents reassurance they are not alone.
Kevin will emphasize why this effort to end abuse must be done as a team. Kevin shows why you are a part of a unique team that has been summoned to rid the earth of its greatest enemy: abuse. You will learn why caring for abuse victims is a calling. After attending Kevin’s presentation, you will be assured that you have been officially summoned to join the world’s greatest team: those who serve abuse victims. Consider yourself served.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Visit Summit Store & Exhibits
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Investigating Child Sex Crimes -- Why Your Involvement Matters
This presentation will highlight important details that help investigators make a solid case against sex offenders. This interactive workshop will also identify some common mistakes made by investigators during case development. Participants will also discuss their role in the investigative process and why their role matters.
After attending this workshop, each active learner will:
1. Have a better understanding of how police departments investigate sex/abuse crimes
2. Gain insight into the mindset of your average investigator -- and how this mindset can hinder investigations
3. Understand the different roles of professionals involved in a sex-crimes investigation
4. Understand why collaboration matters
Discipline, Parenting Styles & Physical Abuse: The Confusing and Controversial Continuum (Repeat)
Gabrielle Petersen, MSN, CPNP
See session 3C for description.
Impact of Fear on Memory
Eddie C. Farrey
This workshop will provide information on how fear affects the memory of victims who survive a violent crime. The workshop will also include material about how law enforcement officers can overcome the incomplete, inconsistent, and untrue statements made during the victim's initial report.
Advanced Injury Reconstruction
Injury and scene reconstruction is a must as the investigator gains "explicit knowledge" of the series of events that surround the commission of abuse -- using deductive and inductive reasoning, physical evidence, and scientific methods to determine how the injury occurred. This workshop will provide investigators with a better understanding of injury and scene reconstruction and some simple but effective tools to use -- including injury and scene photography, video, Play-Doh reconstruction, dolls, and other non-traditional means to help recreate and determine the possible cause of injury.
High-Tech Manipulation (Grooming)
Justin Fitzsimmons, JD
The sophistication of offenders who groom children has increased with the widespread use of technology and the explosion of the internet. In this presentation, the audience learns the fundamentals of grooming behavior and how to look for evidence of victim seduction. This interactive presentation demonstrates how offenders use technology to facilitate their exploitation.
Take out the Drama, Bring in the Trauma
Kelsey McKay, JD
What impact does trauma have on the initiation, investigation and prosecution of violent criminal cases? What is its place in determining whether a report is taken seriously, properly documented, investigated and prosecuted? The answer may surprise you.
Often, conclusions about whether a report is credible, reasonable, and provable are drawn through the lens of framework, life experiences and beliefs. When a victim makes a report, there is a process by which we filter information -- often resulting in critically inaccurate judgments. Information reported by the victim that may not make sense at the time is often misinterpreted as "reasonable doubt." The criminal justice system will often identify inconsistent statements, delayed reporting or problematic victim behavior as obstacles or challenges to the case. However, if properly understood and translated, evidence of trauma can be very valuable.
In this session, Kelsey McKay provides information about common red flags and discusses strategies that will improve the analysis of complex cases. Attendees will learn how to translate trauma, perpetrator manipulation and “unusual” victim behavior into powerful and useful case evidence.
United States v. Steven Rockett: A Foreign Sex Tourism Case Study
Paul Maloney, Asssistant United States Attorney
This case study and roundtable discussion is from the first federal foreign sex tourism prosecution in the District of Oregon. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the investigation and the important collaboration that resulted in bringing a prolific predator to account for his crimes against children.
The first sex tourism trial in the District of Oregon, U.S. v. Steven D. Rockett, began as an allegation of sexual misconduct by an ex-spouse and a delayed report of sexual abuse by a 13-year-old girl. The subject, Steven Rockett, had a troubling and persistent pattern of grooming, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation of boys and girls in Oregon, California and the Philippines. Multiple victims told similar stories of their encounters with Rockett: They described how he befriended them, promised them gifts and special treatment, and induced them to engage in increasingly sexualized behaviors. The encounters often culminated in hands-on sexual abuse. Rockett abused and exploited numerous boys and girls -- some as young as 8 years old. This is in addition to the untold number of victims depicted in the child pornography Rockett possessed, or the countless unconfirmed victims in the Philippines who could not, or would not, muster the courage to disclose their contact with Rockett. There were also victims of past sexual abuse and exploitation that occurred in the U.S. Rockett was also found to have covertly recorded minors as they used bathrooms and showers. He was alleged to have photographed some of his sexual assaults.
Rockett was the proverbial rock in a pond -- his actions and their effects on the lives of so many children was exponential. The depth and breadth of his abuse of children required a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency response.
Multigenerational Effects of Child Sexual Abuse
Multigenerational child sexual abuse can affect families in many different ways. A parent’s initial and ongoing responses to their child’s disclosure can set the tone for the child’s reaction to the criminal justice system. Through a variety of case examples, participants will learn how to remain sensitive to a caregiver’s past trauma while helping them recognize how it may affect a child’s current case.