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Grooming & Delayed Disclosure:

The Keys to child sexual abuse identification, investigation, prosecution, and prevention.

Description

Join us for a FREE half-day of tactical training and technical assistance on grooming and delayed disclosure.

This training is vital for those multidisciplinary team members tasked with identifying, investigating, and prosecuting your most challenging child sexual abuse cases – those with NO “hard” physical evidence, NO eyewitnesses, NO crime scene, NO confession, and NO offender cooperation.

Understanding and identifying grooming tactics that sex offenders employ is also highly relevant for those professionals who conduct pre-sentence psychosexual evaluations, sexual offender treatment, and post-conviction sexual offender polygraphs that the court orders, IDOC, or Commission for Pardons & Parole. 
This is because 93% of offenders use grooming and delayed disclosure to control their child victims’ silence.  Grooming and delayed disclosure are keys to offender success.  Using these tactics, 70% of offenders harm 1-9 children, 20% harm 10-40 children, and 10% harm more. 

Schedule
  • Neurobiology of Trauma the foundation of child sexual abuse cases.
  • 7 Stages of Grooming and Delayed Disclosure – the pillars of child sexual abuse identification, investigation, prosecution, and prevention.
  • Grooming in ICAC & Cross  Over Cases – everything you need to know.
Subject-Matter Experts
  • Angela Weekes – President of Family Justice Foundation of Idaho, and Detective with Nampa Police Department (Ret. 2020)
  • Tom Tueller, LCSW – Founder of Tueller Counseling Services
  • Kassandra McGrady, JD – U.S. Assistant District Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Who Should Attend?

The training is relevant to every discipline’s role in CSA cases, including law enforcement, prosecutors, forensic interviewers, social workers, victim witness coordinators, court-appointed special advocates, school resource officers, and counselors.  Also, professionals who conduct pre-sentence psychosexual evaluations, sexual offender treatment, and post-conviction sexual offender polygraphs that the court orders, IDOC, or Commission for Pardons & Parole. 

 

Location & Dates

Online on Thursday, April 25 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (Mountain Time) daily.

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Attendance is FREE.

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Testimonials

PROSECUTOR:
"This training provided a new way of looking at cases. I had detectives talk to me about cases we’re working on together, saying, ‘We can do this differently... We can add this... I can ask this question...’ We’re looking at future cases and cases we could have done better if we had this knowledge before. It was important for our multidisciplinary team to receive this training and to receive it together.”

MEDICAL PROVIDER:

“I learned the importance of multi-faceted disciplines working together for a common goal. Taking care of ourselves and each other, and in doing this, we take care of victims.”

DETECTIVE:

I appreciated the "real" examples of cases given by the presenters.  It's a great reminder of the resources available in Idaho.”

DETECTIVE:

I really liked the information about the different ways suspects groom kids and the types of questions we should ask victims to see if they are related to a grooming incident. I also enjoyed hearing about the process for completing CARES interviews. I plan to share this information with my Detectives, and I found this course to be very valuable.

VICTIM WITNESS COORDINATOR:

This training was full of great information and very eye-opening. Learning more about delayed exposure was the most crucial component for me and my job. It helps give me a more rounded understanding of why some people wait decades before ever disclosing anything.

DETECTIVE:

The most important takeaway I took from the training was the trauma and the discussion with the puzzle and how the brain categorizes the trauma. Also, the delayed-disclosure discussion was very helpful.

PROSECUTOR:

Understanding the neurobiology of trauma and what ‘do no further harm’ really means as a prosecutor handling victim-centered cases.

DETECTIVE:
“All the information was really important. It was like being hit in the face with a sledgehammer. [This training] made us realize that in cases, even ones where we were able to get an omission from the suspect, having the foundation of grooming that built up to the abuse would have solidified a case ten times more in front of a jury. If you can build a case with the steps of grooming [we learned here], a case would have a solid case for conviction even without an omission.”

VICTIM ADVOCATE:

“This is great information that will help us on every new CSA case we handle.”

PROSECUTOR:

I think this training is essential not only as professionals but as an everyday human being. Understanding the signs and dangers of grooming and delayed disclosures is so important to know as parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, grandmas/grandpas, etc. This training really explained it in a way that is easy to understand and very relatable.

MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST:

Learning about the 7 stages of grooming and how children are psychologically affected by the abuse.  A lot of the case examples were really hard to listen to, and I had to walk away from it several times because it was too intense and emotional for me. Despite that, though, it helped to increase my understanding and empathy for the survivors.

FORENSIC INTERVIEWER:

It was great having training that focused so strongly on grooming, both towards the child and the caregivers. Many other trainings I've been to touch upon grooming, but they do not go in-depth as this one did. It's such a vital piece to these investigations; it was wonderful hearing about it from all the different disciplines. Thanks!

VICTIM ADVOCATE:

Everyone at every step of a case should take this training.

PROSECUTOR:

The most important takeaway from this training for me was the following: do not be afraid to prosecute even seemingly "unprovable" cases. The early investigation, consistent communication, and using experts can overcome the typical hurdles associated with proving sex cases.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER:
“I learned that cases go beyond the incident of abuse. To understand the victim and the case, we must investigate, research, and understand everything that led to the first abuse incident, and all the way to the last incident before disclosure. Everyone involved in preventing child sexual abuse needs this training.”

SAFETY ASSESSOR:

“This opened my awareness of acts of grooming. Throughout the course, I had a case that kept coming to mind. I needed this info.”

SOCIAL WORKER:

This is one of the best trainings I have attended…EVER. I appreciate all the professionals who shared their knowledge and experiences.

SAFETY ASSESSOR:

“This opened my awareness of acts of grooming. Throughout the course, I had a case that kept coming to mind. I needed this info.”

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR:

As someone that works with children, I really enjoyed the training and how you explained the different communication capabilities of different age groups of children when interviewing them.

VICTIM ADVOCATE:

The stages of grooming and understanding that delayed disclosure does not mean there is no evidence. It is just looking at the investigation through the stages of grooming and using the experience of the team to complete the investigation. The discussions on how everyone may act differently to trauma was insightful.

PROSECUTOR:

How important understanding Grooming can be to a prosecutor's case and that the interviewing process is equally as important to help your case as well as protecting victims from more trauma.

VICTIM WITNESS COORDINATOR:

This training is important for so many reasons. Without trainings, we would not be able to combat the tactics used on children and vulnerable populations. Knowing tactics used in the grooming process allows us also to teach what to look for along with aiding in the investigation.

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