When most people hear the word “rape”, they still think of the stranger rapist with the gun, despite the progress of the “Me Too” Movement and some highly publicized non-stranger sexual abuse cases. Prosecutors, police, and advocates are far more likely to encounter cases in which the survivor and the offender have some pre-existing relationship. This presentation will focus attendees on how to build strong non-stranger sexual assault cases that have jury appeal, that offer victim protections and support, and that counter defenses commonly raised in non-stranger cases.
1. Identify issues within a case that are likely to prove problematic for jurors and develop a jury selection strategy.
2. Supportively work with survivors in the pre-trial process to prepare them for court.
3. Continue investigation to detect and address witness intimidation.
4. Anticipate false defenses and counter those defenses with expert witnesses and pre-trial motions.