Victim Offender — Dynamics in Sexual Abuse Investigations
When an officer investigates a case of abuse, they know there are only four strong ways to make the case: the victim’s statement, an eyewitness, direct link evidence or the incriminating statements of the perpetrator.
In child abuse cases, understanding how a child molester thinks is at the core of getting the perpetrator to make incriminating statements about their offenses. Understanding how a young victim might respond could lend itself to disclosure or at the very least documentation of corroborative evidence. Understanding the non-offending caregiver (one of the most common eyewitnesses) is crucial though often overlooked. Non-offending caregivers can be either a tremendous help or hindrance to investigators, prosecutors and treatment providers through the criminal and/or civil process.
This presentation will educate the attendee on the dynamics of child molestation from multiple perspectives including:
- The Child Victim (disclosure process, interview techniques and common behavioral outcomes);
- The Non-Offending Caregiver (feelings, reactions and investigative implications); and
- The Perpetrator (offender typology, techniques utilized to find and seduce victims, and criminal thinking distortions involved in act justification).
Specific case studies will be analyzed to demonstrate offender typology and the victim’s disclosure process (behavioral, verbal, written and pictorial depictions of the crime).
Each time this seminar is offered, details such as dates, time, location, registration fees, continuing education units (CEUs) offered and relevant instructor information will be available on the registration form found in the calendar.