The Long Road to Justice: Victims' Rights and Untested Sexual Assault Kits
December 11, 2013 2:00 PM - December 11, 2013 3:00 PM
Several communities have started large scale testing of previously untested (backlogged) sexual assault kits. Most of the victims, whose kits have sat untested for 10, 15 and even 20 years, never thought they would be contacted by law enforcement after so many years. Yet many victims are being contacted and their statutory crime victims’ rights are in place to help them. This webinar looks at the rights of crime victims within the context of processing sexual assault kits. We’ll look at how existing victims’ rights can apply, as well as new developments in victims’ rights specifically crafted with cold cases and sexual assault kits in mind.
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The National Center values education and training as a mechanism to improve the way crime victims are treated and understood. The following training activities and programs developed and executed by the National Center serve as a resource for those who work with victims, represent victims' perspectives, raise awareness, develop services, and foster systemic change:
- Stalking Resource Center Training: This program provides training for professionals responding to stalking victims and offenders. Stalking Resource Center staff are also available to participate in training events sponsored by practitioners on the local, state, and national level. Archived trainings are available for anyone to view.
- DNA Resource Center Training: This program provides training so communities are able to provide informed and sensitive guidance to victims whose cases involve DNA evidence.
- National Crime Victim Bar Association: An affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Victim Bar Association conducts regular training seminars on civil remedies for crime victims for victim advocates, law enforcement, and other service providers.