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Address Critical Issues in Recent Headlines

Once again, the problem of sexual assault is in the headlines, this time in a disturbing story unfolding in a small Ohio town involving high school athletes. Many of these stories are written by Rachel Dissell with The Plain Dealer, a Cleveland newspaper more than two hours away. The stories are unwelcome by some who don't want their town under a microscope, but this type of controversy is familiar territory for Dissell, who was the recipient of our first award for Media Excellence in April 2011.

Steubenville football fan wears a shirt with an image of a boy and the word "Innocent" on it during the football game against Benedictine on Aug. 31, 2012.  
(Photo by Plain Dealer staff)

By Jeff Swenson, New York Times

December 16, 2012

 

"Stubenville High School Students Joke about Rape in Video Leaked by Anonymous" 

By Meredith Bennett-Smith, Huffington Post

January 2, 2013

 

"Social Media Casts Spotlight on Ohio Rape Case" 

By Michael Pearson, CNN

January 2, 2013 

 

"Steubenville Sexual Assault Case Gets International Attention after Video Goes Viral" 

By Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

January 4, 2013, updated January 5, 2013

 

The outrageous response in Steubenville - discussed so eloquently by Roger Canaff, EVAWI's Board President, in his blog - can be contrasted with that of Hamline University, which Canaff has described as "a tutorial for other sports programs on how to react when someone on the team commits a violent crime."

 

"Hamline Suspends Coach, Forfeits Game After Player Arrest"

By Mark Albert, KSTP News

January 4, 2013, updated January 5, 2013  

 

"Hamline University has suspended its head men's basketball coach 'indefinitely,' ordered Saturday's scheduled game against Gustavus Adolphus to be forfeited and is considering discipline or suspensions for 14 of the team's players, according to a statement issued by the University to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Friday afternoon." 

 

2013 Conference Presentations

Cleveland reporter, Rachel Dissell, will be discussing the Steubenville case and the painful lessons learned at our upcoming International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking. She will co-present the workshop with Sandra Lyons, who is the lone advocate in Steubenville and often the only person to stand up for sexual assault victims in the press, in the courtroom and even at some meetings with police and prosecutors. The workshop is entitled: "Rape in a Small Town: How to Protect Victims, Educate the Public and Report the News When a Sexual Assault Goes Viral." The presenters will address such difficult topics such as: 

  • How social media use by teenagers affects the criminal investigation and media coverage of sexual assault. 
  • How advocates operating in small or rural towns can protect victims who have no privacy while still publicly advocating for their cases.
  • How community leaders can guide the public conversation in a productive way when everybody knows the teens involved.
  • Whether media coverage helps to expose the truth or whether it only exposes vulnerable teens to attention that could harm them?

Gathering Electronic Evidence

Another related workshop will be presented by Detective Michael Crumrine of the Austin Police Department, Catherine Johnson, the Training Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Justice, Justice Academy, and Teresa Scalzo, Deputy Director of the Trial Counsel Assistance Program for Judge Advocate General's Corps with the U.S. Navy. The title of their presentation is: "Electronic evidence: Using the CSI effect to our advantage."

 

Participants will identify the various forms of electronic evidence that may exist in cases such as Stubenville, including texts, emails, communications on social media, and security videos. Discussion will also focus on the methods of securing such evidence and using it to assist in criminal prosecution. One particularly valuable technique is the use of pretext phone calls, texts and emails to surreptitiously gather testimony.

 

Make Plans to Join Us

The 2013 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking will be held at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland, April 3 - 5, 2013. Register now and save $50 off the conference fee. The next cutoff for early registration discount is February 15th, 2013.   Your registration and payment must be received by that date in order to take advantage of this discount.

 

For more information, visit the conference website or contact EVAWI staff. We hope to see you there!

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