Responding to Sexual Assault Cases: Challenging Systems and Society
During this interactive program, leading researchers and advocates in the field will share perspectives on more than four decades of work examining how police, prosecutors, colleges, and society respond to sexual assault claims by women. They will share data from two federally funded studies—one which examines case attrition of sexual assault cases in six jurisdictions in the U.S., and the other which provides a systematic overview of how U.S. colleges are approaching the investigation and adjudication of sexual assault incidents. The panel will highlight broad systemic and cultural changes they believe are needed to improve responses and support for victims. Attendees will then join in the discussion to dig deeper and identify possible steps that individuals, advocates, and higher education and justice system practitioners may take to help shift systemic and societal culture in order to improve responses to sexual assault.
This program is free and open to the public. Interactive discussion will be encouraged.
Linda Williams, Ph.D., WCW Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative
The Wellesley Centers for Women is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College, with a mission to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs. The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to the rights of women and girl.