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Normal is Normal: Effective Use of Medical Evidence in the Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Training Overview

Join us this December for the End of Year Prosecutor Webinar Series, brought to you by the Trauma-informed Prosecutor Project (TiPP), funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Our December Prosecutor Institute promises to be an insightful journey, spanning three weeks and encompassing six crucial topics. To accommodate participants across different time zones, each topic will be presented twice on its designated day. Be sure to register separately for each training session you wish to attend.

This webinar will discuss the importance of pediatric sexual assault exams in cases of child sexual abuse and how to present the findings of that exam to a jury. A majority of the exams will be “normal” and that evidence can be used to corroborate a child’s statement using expert medical testimony. The testimony of the expert can also be used to explain anatomy which gives prosecutors medical evidence to argue issues of penetration.

Learning Objectives

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the process and protocol involved in conducting a pediatric sexual assault examination.
Utilize “typical” examination findings to validate and reinforce a child’s disclosure of sexual assault.
Cultivate expertise in preparing medical witnesses and effectively employing their testimony to establish the element of penetration in a sexual assault case.

About Presenter

Kathleen Nolan – Senior Attorney

Kathleen Nolan is a Senior Attorney with Zero Abuse Project. She joined the team in May of 2021.  She brings over 15 years of experience as a Prosecutor in the area of Child Protection.

Kathleen previously served as the Chief of the Children’s Justice Division in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office in Madison County, Illinois. She was appointed to that role in 2015 after joining the office in 2013. The Children’s Justice Division handled the charging and prosecution of all child victim cases in the county including physical abuse, sexual assault and child deaths. Her role as Chief of the Division also involved mentoring and training the attorneys she supervised. She also created and presented specialized trainings for members of the Madison County Multi-Disciplinary Team including police, forensic interviewers and Department of Children and Family Services workers.

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December 8, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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