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Child Statement and Forensic Interview Admissibility

Seeking to introduce a forensic interview is not an ancillary matter in child abuse prosecution. In many cases, it is the most critical, persuasive piece of evidence for the jury’s consideration. This guide will equip entry level prosecutors with an understanding of relevant admissibility law in their jurisdiction, and encourage seasoned prosecutors to take a fresh look at the several viable options for forensic interview admissibility.

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New Journal for CAST & Frontline Professionals

Zero Abuse Project is pleased to announce the launch of a new journal for CAST-centered and multidisciplinary team (MDT)-derived publications from our colleagues at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). The Journal of Interprofessional Practice with Social Work (JIPSW) “is an open-source, semi-annual peer–reviewed publication that provides an interdisciplinary forum for information exchange spanning the variety of practice settings that incorporate care

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New CAST Resource Available

The Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan, a project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, is now available. This resource delves into current research regarding interpersonal violence, providing a well-rounded look at topics including but not limited to historical context, intervention and treatment, policy discussion and case review.

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CAST Professor Joining WI Court of Appeals

Zero Abuse Project is pleased to announce that Marquette University Law School CAST Professor Lori Kornblum has been appointed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to the Court of Appeals District II effective in January 2022. We want to congratulate Lori on this professional achievement. All of us at Zero Abuse are forever grateful for her dedication to CAST instruction in WI and

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CAST Cited in U.S. National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents

Zero Abuse Project is pleased to see the number of strong proposals contained in the U.S. National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents. We are particularly excited to see the strong recommendations to improve undergraduate and graduate training of future child protection professionals–a reform we have taken the lead on through our Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) initiative.

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MS Study Highlights the Importance of Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Education

Zero Abuse Project is pleased to announce that the statewide evaluation of CAST programming in Mississippi has concluded and the results are available for review here. Highlights of the study show that: CAST learners possess better child abuse and neglect (CAN) knowledge and skills versus non-CAST learners. CAST certificate and minor programming shows the greatest improvement of key CAN competency

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Menlo Church Assessment Final Report

Assessment of Menlo Church’s Response to a Congregant Expressing an Attraction to Children In December of 2020, Zero Abuse Project entered into a contract with Menlo Church to assess whether a former volunteer, who had confided to having an attraction to children, had engaged in any acts of sexual misconduct. Zero Abuse interviewed 104 witnesses and reviewed or analyzed more

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Zero Abuse Project Appoints Three New Board Members

Zero Abuse Project is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to their Board of Directors: Michael Johnson (Detective Mike), Elizabeth Hobbs, and Michael Galantino. These new directors are dedicated to protecting children from abuse and sexual assault and have been imperative and influential in their support of the cause.

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CAST: From Minor to Major and Some Adventures in Between

Shared with us from the University of Missouri-St. Louis As one of the few Child Advocacy Centers embedded within a university since 1997, Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis knew we wanted to align with the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s teaching mission in a meaningful way and leverage the expertise of working professionals in our center for UMSL students.

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Mississippi’s Experience Implementing CAST

Researchers Ted Cross and Yu-Ling Chiu have analyzed the implementation of Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) in Mississippi and concluded the “CAST initiative has had considerable success and good prospects for enduring.” This is the 9th peer reviewed and published study on CAST. Read the study here.

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Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA)’s Global Health Summit

The Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) is a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting health education and research as it pertains to the recognition, treatment, and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse throughout the lifespan. As such, AVA has been a long supporter of Zero Abuse Project’s Child Advocacy Studies and Child Advocacy and Adult Studies (CAST,

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Not an Ocean Away, Only a Moment Away: A Prosecutor’s Primer for Obtaining Remotely Stored Data

Digital evidence is increasingly stored remotely on servers across state lines, around the globe, and beyond. Accordingly, prosecuting technology-facilitated child abuse in the 21st century requires a familiarity with the Stored Communications Act, trajectory of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, and complex international considerations. Robert Peters and colleagues have written a pioneering law review article to equip prosecutors with strategies for obtaining

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Forensic Interview

The Forensic Interviewer at Trial: Guidelines for the Admission and Scope of Expert Testimony Concerning a Forensic Interview in a Case of Child Abuse (Revised and Expanded)

Expert testimony on the forensic interview remains a relatively new subject with significant variations from state to state, and even judge to judge as to what is permissible. To assist prosecutors, forensic interviewers and other professionals, Victor Vieth has written a comprehensive law review article that summarizes the case law on this subject and proposes guidelines for the scope of expert testimony from the forensic interviewer

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New Technology Tested by CAST Students

The University of Illinois Springfield has partnered with Creative InformationTechnology, Inc. to beta-test app-based software to help modernize and improve childwelfare investigations. CAST students, under the guidance of Dr. Betsy Goulet, will be involved in the preliminary research surrounding these apps.

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