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SUPPORTING MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS,

STRENGTHENING CASES, SECURING CONVICTIONS, PROVIDING HOPE

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Supporting the backbone of communities:

Multi-disciplinary teams

Building Hope Today provides nationwide childhood sexual abuse training in grooming and delayed disclosure, victim advocacy and care, prevention and multi-disciplinary team effectiveness.

We assemble experts, provide support, foster collaboration, change the results, and change the statistics.

Why Training?

Let us explain…

Five percent. That’s all. Only Five percent of the reported cases of child sex crimes end in conviction.

Why is that?

To secure a successful verdict, multi-disciplinary teams must corroborate the story that the victim is giving. But, a lot of times, these acts are done just between the perpetrator and the victim, with no witnesses. A child victim witness is required to testify against their accuser, and they are expected to provide sufficient evidence as testimony beyond a reasonable doubt to sustain a conviction.

How do we help?

No matter how long a child waits to disclose, multi-disciplinary teams can prove sexual abuse occurred when grooming is present.

Building Hope Today provides nationwide childhood sexual abuse training by leading experts in grooming and delayed disclosure, victim advocacy and care, prevention and multi-disciplinary team effectiveness. Cases involving children are particularly difficult and unpredictable. We help multi-disciplinary teams navigate the special nuances involving cases with children. Our training focuses on offenders’ grooming techniques and behaviors that can be used as corroborative evidence.

Why is this the work of a nonprofit?

Aren’t trainings covered by taxpayer dollars? No! So many communities across the nation have limited budgets and do not have access to specialist trainings. We seek donations from our generous community to cover our costs, to fill the gap and meet this vital need.

One Police Captain said: “We rely on courses like this one to keep us current on investigative and prosecutorial trends facing these very important cases. We appreciate having an opportunity to hear from experts in the field, here, in our home town.”

What does our training look like?

MDT TRAINING (TWO DAY/ONE DAY)

We specialize in offering two-day or one-day training events for multi-disciplinary teams.
A team of Building Hope Today subject-matter experts present techniques and collaborative practices designed to improve effectiveness in all dimensions of child sex abuse investigation, prosecution, and victim care.

MDT CONSULTATION

We provide seasoned multi-disciplinary team consultants to MDT clients who want to address a variety of matters
needed to establish, improve, or customize their organization’s effectiveness.

MDT ASSESSMENT

We take a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to our multi-disciplinary team assessment work.
We build a relationship with our MDT clients to examine effectiveness: reviewing policies and protocols, conducting site visits and interviews, and preparing a report with interactive action plan.

For more information about booking services, our fee structure, and how to plan, promote and present a successful training event, click here to connect with a Building Hope Today team member:

Upcoming Events

22-23

JULY

Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center

Granbury, TX

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29-30

July

Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center

Winnsboro, TX

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9-31

AUGUST

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Dallas, TX

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7-8

September

Faces of Hope Victim Center

Boise, ID

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1

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Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference 2021

Virtual

We are proud to be a part of this year’s leading national conference.

Testimonials

“I have been a sexual abuse investigator for about nine years now. The problem in our agencies is that there is not a lot of in-depth training on grooming like [we received from Building Hope Today]. Most sexual abuse trainings that we receive talk about the investigation, but they do not break grooming down into steps, how each step works, and what we should be looking for. What I enjoyed about today’s training is the breakdown of steps and how important grooming really is to sex abuse cases.”

“All the information [in today’s training] was really important. It was like being hit in the face with a sledgehammer. After going through what we did today, it 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.”

Today, we learned how to corroborate victims’ stories when there are no witnesses. It’s a new way of looking at cases. It incorporates everything that lead to the child giving the disclosure. I had a number of colleagues come up to me after the training about a case we’re working on, saying ‘We can do this different. 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 previously. It was great for our MDT to receive the training and to receive it together.“

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