Surviving the Stand: How to Testify in a Child Sexual Abuse Case
How do you escape traps on cross-examination? How can you avoid them? Can you recover from mistakes in testimony? This workshop will equip MDT members, especially CPS workers and forensic interviewers, with practical tools and tactical insight to succeed in the stressful environment of courtroom testimony. The presentation includes multimedia components and integration of hypotheticals to illustrate principles, and will include practical, concrete tips for testifying and interacting with judges, juries, and defense attorneys. Specific strategies for case preparation, recovering from mistakes on the stand, and surviving cross-examination will be discussed and illustrated.
1. Summarize effective methods of case preparation.
2. Identify and counter defense cross-examination tactics.
3. Articulate appropriate responses to witness mistakes during courtroom testimony.
Zero Abuse Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to the elimination of child sexual abuse. Our programs are designed to provide training and education to professionals and students, and to help transform institutions to effectively prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse.