You Have Options: An Overview of the National Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Reporting Program
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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We invite you to join us for the next free webinar in our Campus Public Safety Online series. We welcome Detective Carrie Hull and Christia Currie who will be presenting, You Have Options: An Overview of the National Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Reporting Program.
Carrie Hull is employed by the Ashland Police Department as a detective assigned to the You Have Options Program as the program director.
Christia Currie is the You Have Options Program training and information specialist.
Led by law enforcement professionals working in partnership with victim advocates and experts in the field of sexual assault response and prevention, the aim of the You Have Options Program (YHOP) is to make the law enforcement response to sexual assault more effective. Specifically, YHOP focuses on changing two fundamental elements in the law enforcement response to sexual violence:
- Increasing the number of victims who report to law enforcement
- Thoroughly investigating identified offenders for serial perpetration
Traditional law enforcement response to sexual violence tends to discourage sexual assault victims from seeking assistance through the criminal justice system. As a result, law enforcement often fails to receive the information needed to hold sexual offenders accountable, and perpetrators go on to re-offend. By removing as many barriers as possible, victims are better able to report their sexual assault and provide law enforcement with information they would otherwise never have received.
Law enforcement agencies participating in YHOP recognize the need for a victim-centered and offender-focused response to sexual violence. When victims are given the ability to control certain aspects of a sexual assault investigation - such as who is contacted and if an arrest is made - law enforcement and victims both benefit. Victims provide investigators with more accurate information, are more willing to identify their assailant and participate more fully in the investigative and judicial process. Victims are also provided with the time they need to make a decision that is right for them, independent of the needs of the criminal justice system, and are more likely to report a positive experience with law enforcement regardless of the judicial outcome.
During this webinar, discussion will focus on the 20 Elements of the YHOP program, as well as the implementation process for participating law enforcement agencies, including sworn campus law enforcement agencies.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to:
- Explain the options offered to sexual assault victims when they report to a YHOP law enforcement agency through an overview of the program’s 20 Elements.
- Describe ways law enforcement can work with victims to identify and address the unique barriers victims face when choosing whether to pursue an investigation and possible prosecution.
- Outline the seven phases of implementation law enforcement agencies participate after attending a You Have Options Program Introductory Session.