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February 4, 2005

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In this issue:
 
Sexual Assault News

SATI/EVAW International News

Promising Practices
 
From the Desk of the Training Director: Untangling the Issues of False vs. Unfounded Sexual Assault Reports
 
Requests for Information and Assistance

Forensic News:

DNA News from Around the United States & Abroad

  • Final Total for 2004 is 38 States with All-felons DNA Database Laws

  • Bills to Expand or Eliminate the Statute of Limitations

  • Crime Lab Backlog Targeted by Georgia’s Governor

  • Wisconsin Task Force Recommends Legislation on DNA Testing

  • Virginia Panel wants $11.6 Million to Beef Up Crime Labs

  • Arkansas State Crime Lab Laboring Under a 16,000-case backlog

  • Federal Government Approves 3.3 Million in Grants for NY State’s DNA Labs

  • Funding for Kentucky Crime Lab Could Help Solve Old Cases

DNA Challenges

  • New Jersey’s State Attorney General will Appeal DNA Decision

  • Baton Rouge Man Takes Hit in DNA Case

  • Maryland Appeals Court Upholds Use of Mitochondrial DNA

Exonerations/Innocence Project

  • Texas Man Free After 17 Years for a Rape that He Did Not Commit

  • City of Palo Alto Settles Lawsuit over Rape Arrest

DNA Hits

  • DNA Test Prompts Charges against Minnesota Inmate in ’00 Rape

  • Massachusetts Inmate Charged in 1990 Rape after 11th Hour DNA Match

Featured Resources

  • Voice Translators for Law Enforcement” now available online

  • The National Center on the Prosecution of VAW Online Discussion Group

  • Website on Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

  • IACP Releases Three Training Keys on Sexual Assault Investigation

  • OVW Releases National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations

  • NCJ Releases 2005 Guide for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

  • RAINN Offers Materials for Student Outreach

Upcoming Conferences
 

 
 

Sexual Assault News

Serial Rapist Might Have Been Caught Sooner if Atlanta PD Investigated More Thoroughly
Rapist receives 10 life sentences

Christopher Baker, a convicted serial rapist who was sentenced to 10 back-to-back life terms, might have been caught sooner if police had investigated other attacks more aggressively, a former Atlanta police official said.
 
Baker, 37, tried to talk his way out of a hefty sentence by professing his innocence and blaming the six victims, whom he described as vindictive prostitutes he had ripped off but not raped.
 
Christopher Baker was sentenced to 10 back-to-back life sentences plus 119 years after being convicted on 18 charges. The sentencing judge, however, imposed the maximum penalty allowed, tacking 119 years onto the life sentences.
 
"That's every day I could find," Fulton County Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey Jr. said Friday when passing the sentence. A jury convicted Baker of 18 counts, including rape, kidnapping, aggravated sodomy and robbery by force, for incidents from May 1998 through October 2002.
 
Prosecutor Gayle Abramson said DNA evidence also links Baker, a four-time convicted felon, to a dozen rapes in Fulton and DeKalb counties, including the six in Atlanta's west side.
 
"There is no way he'll ever see the light of day again, and that's what we wanted," Abramson said.
 
All six of the victims testified last fall, some of them through tears, about how Baker raped them. He left some of them with scrapes, a jaw contusion or black eyes. He also kneed a pregnant woman in the abdomen, Abramson said.
 
Lou Arcangeli, a retired Atlanta police commander, came to Baker's sentencing even though he didn't work on the case. He said he believes it's possible Baker could have been stopped sooner if police detectives had aggressively investigated all reports of rape. "I'm sure they had a chance to catch him earlier," he said. "It's justice delayed."
 
Lisa James, a former Atlanta police detective assigned to the sex crimes unit, said she and other investigators suspected Baker in some of the "really brutal" cases, but since the cases were not investigated thoroughly, they could not be connected to him.
 
James left the department after unwittingly blowing the whistle in 2001 on a secret file, dubbed the "name file," where some investigators stored rape reports involving runaways, the homeless, prostitutes and others who were hard to find or easy to discredit. These rapes weren't thoroughly investigated or included in the city's crime statistics.
 
Arcangeli, once a deputy chief under former police chief Beverly Harvard, was demoted in 1998 after blowing the whistle on crime underreporting he said was designed to polish the image of the department and city in time for the 1996 Olympics.
 
Arcangeli again exposed underreporting in 2001, this time involving sex crimes. He blamed several people, from detectives to a deputy chief, for keeping the name file in 1999 and 2000 and possibly destroying evidence by tossing aside rape kits.  Read More

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Court Says No Civil Rights Action Against Cop Who Discouraged Rape Victim
Can't flag police for protecting football players.
 
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
September 30, 2004, Thursday
BYLINE: JAMES G. SOTOS

Though a police officer may have acted improperly in discouraging an alleged rape victim from pursuing prosecution in order to protect Oklahoma State football players, the officer's misconduct did not support any civil rights causes of actions under federal law.
 
Police officers are commonly sued for overzealousness in pursuing criminal charges against suspects. Occasionally, though not nearly as often, police are sued for not pursuing charges against deserving suspects. As the case reviewed in today's column reveals, such claims are far more difficult to sustain. Jennings v. City of Stillwater, et al., No. 03-6206.(U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Cir., Sept. 14, 2004).
 
At a party on Nov. 21, 1999, Alison Jennings had sexual contact with four members of the Oklahoma State University football team. Jennings alleged that she was raped. The football players claimed the sex was consensual.
 
Stillwater, Oklahoma police Detective Robert Buzzard led the ensuing investigation and, by all accounts, did everything he could to help the football players and discourage Jennings from going forward with criminal charges. Buzzard, who was a former OSU baseball player and had close contacts to the university's athletic department, initially interviewed the football players in a room together, before separating them and questioning them individually. He then interviewed Jennings, and repeatedly told her that her story was not lining up with the statements he had received from other witnesses. He did not tell Jennings that the witnesses he was referring to were the accused football players.
 
In addition, Buzzard reported to the local district attorney, Robert Hudson that Jennings had admitted that she was drunk and may have consented to have sex with at least two of the athletes. However, Jennings had actually stated that, while she was intoxicated, she had agreed to have sex with only one of the athletes. After confronting Jennings with purported inconsistencies in her story, Buzzard also convinced Jennings to sign a waiver of prosecution form, the first time he had ever utilized such a form in a rape investigation. Read More

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Defendant Not Denied Fair Trial because Prosecution Referred to “Victim”
Michigan v. Stadler, Mich. App. November 18, 2004 2004 WL 2624741 Discovery of Evidence; Prosecutorial Misconduct.
 
The following summary was prepared by the Center for Law and Social Responsibility as part of an alert project -- the Domestic and Sexual Violence Project -- at New England School of Law. Readers can also subscribe or unsubscribe to this alert service at: http://www.nesl.edu/csr/svnews/. Summaries of this and other cases are also archived electronically at the same website.
 
STATEMENT OF THE CASE:
 
After being convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the defendant appealed arguing, among other things, that he was denied a fair trial because the prosecutor did not ask the victim during discovery whether she ever made a false allegation of rape. He also argued the prosecutor committed misconduct by using the word "victim" during trial. Read More

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Kentucky Law Limits Polygraphing Victims of Sex Crimes
 
Kentucky law has recently been amended to establish limits for polygraph examinations of victims of sex crimes. This regulation was passed as part of updating standards for polygraphists, and applies directly to examiners, not to all law enforcement officials.
 
Drafted by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the provisions of the new regulation are consistent with the procedures taught to new polygraph examiners for years. Until now, however, examiners weren’t required to comply with the procedures after certification. Read More

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Invitation to VAWA Strategic Planning Meeting regarding Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act is due to be reauthorized in 2005. Enacted as part of the 1994 Crime Bill, this important federal legislation has been critical in assisting local communities in preventing and intervening in domestic violence for over 10 years.
 
Since 1994, every state and US territory has received billions of dollars in Federal funding for programs to assist in ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Those receiving funding include law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices, judicial and court systems, child abuse prevention programs, supervised visitation centers, sexual assault crisis centers, rape prevention and campus education organizations, civil legal assistance agencies, programs that assist survivors who are disabled, programs that work with older battered women, local battered women shelters and programs that serve Native women, immigrant women, women of color, among others.
 
In early 2003, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, the umbrella entity under which VAWA reauthorization and expansion is sought, reconvened to begin discussing legislation to reauthorize VAWA. From April - May of 2004, the legislative drafting committee met extensively and crafted a legislative proposal to reauthorize VAWA. We hope that the Congress will soon introduce legislation to reauthorize, strengthen and expand VAWA based on these proposals. Read More

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SATI/EVAW International News

Joanne Archambault is Now the Executive Director of EVAW International.

While readers of the e-News know Joanne Archambault primarily as the Training Director of SATI, Inc., she also recently founded a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization called End Violence Against Women International (EVAW). Since it was founded, EVAW International has grown considerably, so Archambault recently stepped down from the Board of Directors of EVAW International to serve as its Executive Director. Fellow Board member Dr. Kim Lonsway also resigned in order to take on the position of Research Director for EVAW International. They are joined by Sue Meyer who will serve as the full time Administrative Manager.
 
Fortunately, their roles on the Board of Directors will be ably served by Roger Canaff who has agreed to serve as President, Joan Zorza as Vice President, and Inez Baker as Secretary. For more information on these developments, and other members of the EVAW International Board of Directors please click here: Board of Directors
 
To accommodate her new responsibilities as Executive Director of EVAW International, Joanne will cut down her travel schedule significantly. However, she will continue to actively serve as the Training Director of SATI, Inc. Her schedule is available on the web site for SATI, Inc. at: http://www.mysati.com/training_schedule.htm

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8 U.S. Cities Part of Unprecedented “Making a Difference” Project
Law enforcement, prosecutors, and rape experts joined forces in an intensive training conference to challenge the legal process and hold more sex offenders accountable

From October 26 – 29, 2004, a team of professionals from 8 U.S. Cities came together for an intensive, three-day training conference in San Diego, California. Over those three days, participants learned about innovative practices for responding to sexual assault crimes, reached across traditional disciplinary boundaries, networked with other professionals from across the United States, and energized each other to enact significant improvements in their community. Now that they have returned home, however, the real work begins. Read More

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A Number of Indicators Suggest that the “MAD” Conference was a Tremendous Success
 
The stated purpose of the project is to "Make a Difference" in 16 communities -- 8 in the U.S. and 8 in Canada -- by challenging the legal process to more effectively prosecute sexual offenders. By that measure, the conference evaluations and other indicators clearly demonstrate that the conferences were a tremendous success.
 
(1) Quantitative Conference Evaluations
As one evaluative measure of the success of the San Diego training conference, participants provided quantitative ratings on a number of different dimensions, for every single session from the opening banquet to the final group exercise. Read More
 
(2) Open-Ended Conference Evaluations
Conference participants also responded to a number of open-ended prompts on the evaluation form. These questions asked about the aspects of the conference they “liked best,” “liked least,” and what they “would have liked to see done differently.” Read More
 
(3) Preliminary Data Collection
In the original vision for the Making a Difference project, research was seen as central -- both for establishing a baseline for current performance and for documenting the progress of any resulting reforms. However, the capacity for data collection varied widely across both discipline and community. Read More
 
(4) Post-Conference Reform Efforts
Perhaps most importantly, the success of the San Diego conference is seen in the reform efforts already underway in the 8 U.S. participant-communities. Read More
 
(5) Other Indicators of Conference Success
There are also a variety of additional indicators that further confirm the sense of positive momentum created by the Making a Difference Project. Read More
 
(6) Participation in related research
The phenomenal success of the Making a Difference conference is also seen in the coordinated efforts by the participant-communities to engage in additional related research. Read More
 
(7) Leveraging conference success with evaluation research
Of course, the success of the conference will also be leveraged with the additional evaluation research already funded by the William H. Donner Foundation, to assess the specific indicators of collaboration at multiple time periods. Read More

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Phase II of the “Making a Difference” Project

A variety of indicators clearly converge on the conclusion that the U.S. “Making a Difference” conference was a success that laid a solid foundation for ongoing technical assistance. It is hoped that EVAW International will continue to receive funding from the William H. Donner Foundation to provide a variety of forms of technical assistance to the 8 U.S. MAD communities. If funded, this technical assistance might include:

  • a dedicated web site for the “Making a Difference” (MAD) project

  • a monthly phone conference for MAD project participants

  • a monthly e-Newsletter to provide updates and information to MAD communities

  • dissemination of policies, procedures, protocols, and other materials

  • technical legal support for improved prosecution of sexual assault crimes

  • on-site training and consultation in each of the 8 U.S. MAD communities

  • assistance with media relations

  • ongoing data collection to track the number and characteristics of sexual assault offenses throughout the criminal justice system and within victim advocacy organizations

To Find Out More or to Get Involved

For anyone seeking to find out more about the “Making a Difference” (MAD) project, or possibly hosting a multidisciplinary conference in their community, please check out the website for EVAW International at www.evawinc.com With continued funding, it is hoped that the information on the MAD project will be updated and greatly expanded in the coming months.

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EVAW International Awarded OVW Grant for Targeted Technical Assistance

In October of 2004, the Office on Violence Against Women awarded EVAW International a $400,000.00 grant for Targeted Technical Assistance. With grant funding provided over a period of two years, EVAW International will be able to host a series of 3 regional conferences primarily in rural areas on the topic of state-of-the-art initiatives in criminal justice response to sexual assault. EVAW International will also use grant funding to develop an on-line training institute to provide a forum for continued learning, opportunities to practice developing skills, and a certification process to document successful performance.

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“Evaluation” Grant funded by the William H. Donner Foundation

Also in October 2004, the William H. Donner Foundation awarded EVAW International, in partnership with the Institute for Public Health at San Diego State University, a $73,63.87 grant to evaluate training outcomes using a variety of indicators, such as the knowledge and skills demonstrated in the on-line training program and a repeated assessment of community collaboration as a result of the regional training programs and the on-line training institute. Specifically, training participants will complete a detailed survey of community collaboration before attending one of the regional training conferences, after attending one of the regional training conferences, and then again after completing the on-line training institute and certification process.

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Promising Practices
From the Desk of the Training Director:
Untangling the Issues of False vs. Unfounded Sexual Assault Reports
By Joanne Archambault, Training Director, SATI, Inc. and Dr. Kim Lonsway, Director of Research, EVAW International

As all of us in the field know, one of the most powerful and pervasive myths in society regarding sexual assault is the notion that women lie about rape – the idea that claims of sexual assault are routinely fabricated. Perhaps no other belief does more to damage the credibility of sexual assault victims as they seek help from friends, family, social services, and the criminal justice system. This is particularly true because sexual assault cases that are viewed with the most suspicion are those perpetrated by someone known to the victim, without a weapon, severe violence, or signs of physical injury -- in other words, the most common type of sexual assault in the real world. However, because these typical dynamics of sexual assault are so very different from our stereotype of “real rape” (i.e., stranger rape, with a weapon and injury), it is perhaps the greatest irony of our field that the typical dynamics of sexual assault are those most likely to raise suspicion among police officers, prosecutors, and the general public.
 
In this Promising Practices article, I’d like to describe a research project that we at EVAW International have undertaken to take these issues head on and figure out the best way to move forward. In a nutshell, we have started a research project to try to sort out which types of sexual assault cases are actually being unfounded by law enforcement agencies across the country, which types of cases should be unfounded, and how many of these cases could reasonably be considered to be false. Read More

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Requests for Information and Assistance

Need for Information about Non-Profit SART Models

We have received a number of requests recently about the number of non-profit SART programs across the country. If individuals or organizations can provide this information, it would be helpful to others who want to evaluate whether this model might be successful in their community. If you have a program description for a non-profit SART, along with a contact name or any other information, please forward it to Joanne@evawinc.com

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Need for Information on Collaborative Partnerships to Provide On-Site Advocacy

We have also received a request for information from organizations that have successfully developed collaborative partnerships between law enforcement and sexual assault programs to provide on-scene crisis intervention and emotional support services to sexual assault survivors. We are interested in programs using community based or police/prosecution based advocates. Please forward any program information to Joanne@evawinc.com

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Call for Research Participants in a Study of GHB-Facilitated Sexual Assault

Dr. Steve Smith (Emergency Department physician at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN) and Dr. Deborah Zvosec, PhD., Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation have been conducting research on GHB-related health issues since 1998, including GHB overdose, GHB addiction and withdrawal, and GHB-facilitated sexual assault.
 
In an attempt to address the critical lack of clinical data, they are compiling a case series of victims of GHB-facilitated sexual assault, to be published and utilized for education of clinicians, law enforcement and the public. Read More
 
Have a request for information or assistance you’d like to pass along? Please forward to Joanne@evawinc.com

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Forensic News

DNA News From Around the United States and Abroad

The following news summaries in this section are reprinted with permission from the DNA Legislation & News, published by Smith Alling Lane.

Final Total for 2004 is 38 States with All-felons DNA Database Laws
 
Ohio passed a law to require DNA from all convicted felons. New bills for all felons databases have been introduced in Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.
 
Bills to Expand or Eliminate the Statute of Limitations
 
An Oregon bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for certain sexual assault cases if DNA evidence is available. Bills to expand access to post conviction DNA tests were introduced in Mississippi, Washington and Oregon.
 
Crime Lab Backlog Targeted by Georgia’s Governor
Atlanta Journal – Constitution, January 12, 2005.
 

Georgia’s Governor hopes to cut the GBI’s persistent crime lab backlog—more than 32,000 tests were behind schedule as of last month—by providing $4.4 million for more scientists and outsourcing of some of the work. Read More
 
Wisconsin Task Force Recommends Legislation on DNA Testing
The Associated Press State & Local Wire, January 6, 2005
 
In Wisconsin, a task force has endorsed legislation that would move court-ordered post conviction DNA tests to the front of the line at the state crime lab. In one well-known Wisconsin case (Steven Avery), after a judge issued a court order to allow DNA testing on hairs taken from the crime scene, it took 1 ½ years for the state crime lab to match the DNA with the genetic profile of another man whose information was on file. Read More
 
Virginia Panel wants $11.6 Million to Beef Up Crime Labs
Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), December 16, 2004
 
Recommendations endorsed by the Virginia State Crime Commission total about $11.6 million for the Division of Forensic Sciences. It would result in 31 new forensic staff members, a 26.3 percent across-the-board salary increase to compete with federal labs in hiring, expansion of the Norfolk lab, buying land and planning a new lab in Northern Virginia and a mitochondrial DNA testing program. A crime panel recommended the sweeping changes to the state forensics lab after hearing a report that characterized scientists as overworked, underpaid and unable to stem a backlog of tests on criminal cases.
 
Arkansas State Crime Lab Laboring Under a 16,000-case backlog
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, December 14, 2004
 
The Arkansas state crime lab sometimes takes a year or more to test evidence for police investigations and criminal trials or to determine a cause of death. The lab has no established system for deciding the order in which cases will be processed. Occasionally, legislators and governors have provided extra money for the lab. But, the patchwork funding has done little to solve its widespread problems, including a 16,000 case backlog. The legislature has taken a keen interest in the lab’s chronic under funding, and additional money may be on the way this year.
 
Federal Government Approves 3.3 Million in Grants for NY State’s DNA Labs
Long Island Business News, December 10, 2004
 
The federal government has approved $3.3 million in grants for New York State’s DNA laboratories, including about $200,000 for Long Island. About $156,000 will go to the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory, and about $55,000 will go to the Nassau Department of Forensics Genetics DNA Laboratory. More than half of the money, about $1.8 million, will go to the New York City Office of the Medical Examiner’s DNA lab.
 
Funding for Kentucky Crime Lab Could Help Solve Old Cases
The Courier-Journal, December 20, 2004
 
In Kentucky, federal grant money will be used to assist the state crime lab in reducing backlogs of DNA evidence waiting testing. A backlog of cases at Kentucky’s six crime labs was eliminated in 2004 after a major push. The cases being submitted now will be tested largely by outside labs, with the results verified and catalogued by the crime lab’s analysts

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DNA Challenges

New Jersey’s State Attorney General will Appeal DNA Decision
The Record (Bergen County, NJ) January 7, 2005
 
New Jersey’s Sate Attorney General said he will appeal a recent court ruling that allows many felons to have their state-mandated DNA samples destroyed after they serve time in prison. The ruling last month by Superior Court Judge Jack Sabatino was the first challenge to the expansion of a 1996 New Jersey law requiring DNA samples to be collected from all convicted criminals and kept on permanent record. Sabatino upheld the constitutionality of taking the DNA, but he ruled that those convicted on non-sexual crimes such as burglary, robbery, embezzlement and drug possession—have the right to demand that their DNA record be expunged once they complete their sentence.
 
Baton Rouge Man Takes Hit in DNA Case
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), January 9, 2004
 
In Louisiana, a federal magistrate has determined that damages should not be awarded to a man who sued the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office because his DNA sample, collected during the south Louisiana serial killer investigation, has not been returned. The ruling issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger does not address two other parts of the lawsuit. Those parts of the lawsuit seek an injunction to preserve the DNA sample and also seek to have declared unconstitutional, a Louisiana law that compels someone suspected of a crime to give DNA samples. The judge said in his ruling that the defendant’s 14th Amendment rights, which protect due process, were violated because he was forced to give the DNA sample. But, because he waited more than a year to file the lawsuit, the claims of 14th Amendment violations should be dismissed.
 
Maryland Appeals Court Upholds Use of Mitochondrial DNA
The Associated Press State & Local Wire, January 5, 2005
 
In Maryland, the state’s second highest court has upheld the use of mitochondrial DNA evidence. The Court of Special Appeals ruled the trial judge did not abuse his discretion in allowing mitochondrial DNA evidence to be used against Russell W. Wagner, who was subsequently convicted of murder. In Wagner’s case, FBI scientists obtained mitochondrial DNA from a single strand of hair found on a glove recovered from a neighbor’s back porch. Defense attorney’s argued process of this type of DNA evidence is particularly susceptible to laboratory contamination.

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Exonerations/Innocence Project

Texas Man Free After 17 Years in Custody for a Rape that He Did Not Commit
The New York Times, December 22, 2004
 
In Texas, shown by DNA testing to have been wrongly convicted of rape in 1988, Brandon Moon was released from prison at a court hearing—the latest among 154 men and women in the United States exonerated by such tests. Read More
 
City of Palo Alto Settles Lawsuit Over Rape Arrest
San Jose Mercury News, December 18, 2004
 
In California, the city of Palo Alto settled a federal lawsuit filed by a man arrested for a brutal nursing home rape who was later exonerated by DNA evidence. Lawyers for the man agreed to accept $75,000 to settle the case—the second time this year that Palo Alto has paid out a cash settlement to someone claiming to be the victim of overzealous police. Lawyers argued that police used make-believe evidence to manipulate the man into admissions that led to his arrest. He spent nearly a month in jail before DNA evidence on the rapist’s jewelry and other items later cleared him. The crime is still unsolved.

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DNA Hits

DNA Test Prompts Charges Against Minnesota Inmate in ’00 Rape
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), January 7, 2005
 
In Minnesota, a man imprisoned for a violent home invasion was linked through DNA tests to the rape of a 17-year-old girl in a north Minneapolis park in 2000. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension gets about a dozen hits on cases each month by running inmate DNA against a database of unsolved cases.
 
Massachusetts Inmate Charged in 1990 Rape after 11th Hour DNA Match
The Boston Globe, December 16, 2004
 
In Massachusetts, a suspect in a rape case has been identified through a DNA match and indicted in Essex County just before the statute of limitations was to expire in the case. The 15-year statute of limitations would have expired in April. Salem police detectives, aware of the pending expiration, asked for evidence to be retested against the national database. The man is currently in prison for a murder in 2000.

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Informational Resources

Save April 5, 2005 – “A Day to End Sexual Violence”
A day for all of us to have an event to raise awareness. Across the nation, we can each do something on April 5th to make it “A Day to End Sexual Violence.” The NSVRC’s SAAM packet will provide ideas for an event, or you can create your own. www.nsvrc.org Toll Free (877) 739-3895, Email: resources@nsvrc.org
 
Voice Translators for Law Enforcement” now available online
When law enforcement officers encounter suspects who do not speak English, they need a way to communicate clearly and quickly. Electronic voice translators convey basic instructions in the suspect’s own language. “Voice Translators for Law Enforcement,” is available online at the National Institute of Justice Web site at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/205837.htm
 
NIJ tested the capabilities of three translation devices, all of them compact, voice-activated, and programmed with short phrases like “Follow me” and “Can you walk?” The aim of the test was to find out which one is best for law enforcement use. The Voice Response Translator works best: it responds fastest, has a longer-lasting battery, and is the only one of the three with hands-free capability.
 
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. For more information on NIJ, please visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
 
The National Center on the Prosecution of Violence Against Women Online Discussion Group
 This online discussion group is available to all prosecutors and allied professionals interested in the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault. The forum will be available to seek advice, recommendations, and answers from prosecutors and allied professionals across the country. The discussion group will also be a resource for information on the National Center on the Prosecution of Violence Against Women’s events, trainings and research. You can sign up by using this form or on your own by typing the following website address into your browser:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APRI-VAWP
 
Website on Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
This site describes the U.S. Army program that has a goal of reinforcing "the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that focuses on education, prevention, integrated victim support, rapid reporting, thorough investigation, appropriate action, and follow-up." The site provides information about U.S. Army policies and procedures, and links to related information. It can be accessed at: Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
 
IACP Releases Three Training Keys on Sexual Assault Investigation
The International Association of Chiefs of Police recently published a series of three training keys on Investigating Sexual Assault, authored by Joanne Archambault.
 
Training Key #571 addresses procedures and best practices for investigating sexual assaults and working with victims of sexual violence. It is the first in the three-part series.
 
Training Key #572 further focuses on investigative procedures, particularly the role of the forensic examination. As many have noted, an effective and timely forensic examination aids immeasurably in the investigation and prosecution of sex offenders. Yet victim-centered care is paramount to the success of the forensic examination of victims of sexual assault. It is therefore critical to adapt the forensic examination and the care given to the circumstances of each victim as much as possible.
 
Training Key #573 is the third in the series, and focuses on “Investigative Strategy and Prosecution.” This Training Key is designed to help officers and investigators determine what “type” of sexual assault cases they are handling, predict which defense is most likely to be raised, and guide an investigative strategy toward overcoming that particular defense.
 
These three Training Keys on sexual assault investigation are published and copyrighted (2004) by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. For more information or to order a copy of the Training Keys, please contact: Shannon Gorey, Training Key Program, IACP, 515 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2357; 703/836-6767 x 319; 800/THE IACP; Fax: 703/836-4543.
 
OVW Releases A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations
Offering assistance to victims in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault is essential. For this reason, the Office on Violence Against Women recently developed a protocol to help health care providers, law enforcement officers, advocates, and others address the health needs of sexual assault victims and to minimize the trauma they experience. Additionally, health care providers need to know how to conduct a proper medical forensic exam to ensure that DNA and other evidence collected from the victim will be valid in court. This manual is available at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/vawo/
 
NCJ Releases 2005 Guide for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Download your copy of the 2005 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Guide (NCJ 207049)—your resource for promoting awareness of victim issues. The Guide comes complete with camera-ready art files, posters, and sample PSAs as well as victimization statistics and special event ideas.
 
RAINN Offers Materials for Student Outreach
Kelly Bevis, the Outreach Coordinator for RAINN advises they have material available for student outreach. The materials are free, and they are perfect to distribute during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. These materials include two types of informational cards: the “Get Carded” cards are geared towards college students, and the “Before & After” cards are geared towards high school students.
 
If you would like to receive some of the cards, please email Kelly at kelleyb@rainn.org. She needs to know your mailing address, and the number of cards you would like to receive. Please request them in increments of 1,000. Cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Upcoming Conferences

EVAW International presents an International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Stalking ~ October 3, 4 & 5, 2005 in the beautiful Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD. Register early! Visit our website now for registration forms and conference information. The full agenda, abstracts for each session and biographical sketches for presenters is viewable now.
 
10th National – 3rd International Conference on Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities. March 14-16, 2005, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, California. For information contact: Arc-Riverside(888) 818-6298 (outside CA) OR (951) 688-7207, within CA. Register on line at www.disability-abuse.com/cando
 
Third National SART Training Conference, June 1 - 3, 2005, San Francisco Hilton, San Francisco California. Please log on to www.sane-sart.com today to download a copy of the registration brochure and the Agenda / Speaker /Workshop listing.
 
2005 National Victim Assistance Academy, June 5-10, 2005, Fresno, CA – Topeka, KS For registration information, contact the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (785) 231-1010, ext. 1339 or 1242. E-mail: Thomas.underwood@washburn.edu
 
SCESA, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, June 28-July 1, 2005, San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Building Community for Learning and Sharing” A Women of Color Leadership Institute to explore our history, enhance our skills and build community. For more information email SCESA at sistersl@sisterslead.org
 
9th International Family Violence Research Conference, July 10-13, 2005, Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For details, go to http://www.unh.edu/frl/conferences
 
National Sexual Assault Conference, September 28-30, 2005 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A national conference on sexual violence prevention and Intervention (formerly the Mid-Atlantic Sexual Assault Conference) Hosted by PCAR and NSVRC. www.nsvrc.org
 
NIJ/MAPS announces the 8th Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference. The conference is to be held, September 7 - 10, 2005 at the Savannah Westin Golf & Spa Resort, in Savannah, Georgia. This year's theme is Research & Practice Affecting Public Policy. This conference, hosted by the National Institute of Justice's MAPS program, brings together researchers and practitioners to learn about recent innovative research and share practical experiences with crime mapping & analysis. Additional information is available at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/maps/savannah2005/

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