Victim Considerations in Sextortion Cases

Course Description

As the world becomes more digitally connected, offenders can now commit multiple, virtual sexual assaults without ever leaving their homes.  Sextortion – the use of coercion to compel a victim to engage in some form of sexual conduct – has been steadily increasing over the years, and now may involve international actors and financial components. This presentation will focus attendees on factors to consider when working with the victims traumatized by these offenses, including victim interviewing and evidence gathering, protecting victims during the court process, and addressing victim needs for physical safety and their mental health.

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize the different scenarios in which sextortion might occur.

2. Develop areas of inquiry for the victim in a forensic interview.

3. Protect victim privacy interests during the gathering of evidence and the court process.

4. Support sextortion survivors by addressing needs for safety and mental health support.

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