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Child Sexual Assault: Preserving and Presenting the Evidence

November 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar focuses on the two most important tools in cases of child sexual assault—the child forensic interview and the pediatric medical forensic exam. Each tool has its own purpose and both are critical to child sexual assault investigations. The webinar also considers the admissibility of the child hearsay statements to child forensic interviewers and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners under Indiana’s Protected Person Statute (IC 35-37-4-6) and Rules of Evidence.

Learning Objectives: 
1. Examine the purpose of the child forensic interview and the primary goals of the pediatric medical forensic examination.
2. Recognize the need for each MDT to establish a medical triage procedure in cases where a pediatric medical forensic examination must be performed “without delay.”
3. Compare the admissibility of child hearsay statements to child forensic interviewers and medical providers under current Indiana law. 

About the Presenter:

Laurie A. Gray, JD

An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie Gray earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. As an attorney in private practice, Laurie’s cases included criminal defense and serving as court-appointed GAL in child welfare cases. As a Deputy Prosecutor in Allen County, Indiana, Laurie primarily handled sexual assault cases (both adult and juvenile) and Drug Court. Laurie has worked as a high school Spanish teacher, an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech and as a bilingual child forensic interviewer. Laurie is the author of three award-winning young adult novels and a parenting book, and created Socratic Parenting LLC as her writing, speaking and consulting company. In 2015, she co-wrote The ABC’s of Sexual Assault: Anatomy, “Bunk” and the Courtroom with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Michelle Ditton. Currently, Laurie is the Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator for the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) and a professional trainer for the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College.


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Organizer Info:

Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault

Phone: (317) 624-2370