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Prosecuting Sexual Assault and Related Crimes
September 12-16, 2016, Savannah, GA
Venue: Hyatt Regency, Savannah
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Sexual assault cases are some of the most difficult cases prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, victim witness professionals, and members of the prosecution team will handle. They raise countless emotions from a multitude of individuals. The press is inundated with stories of women abducted; safety issues on college campuses; sexual assault and social media; sex trade trafficking; as well as backlash against the victims. With the complexities of victim dynamics, the absence of eyewitness corroboration, delayed reporting; the misuse of technology by defendants for spying and stalking victims, as well as the myriad of artful defense claims, these cases challenge traditional prosecution strategies and also test law enforcement protocols and policy. 

It is vital that the victim’s fears, anxiety and safety concerns are given priority beginning at the investigative and charging stages as well as during the pendency of defendant’s case. It is equally as important that an accurate evaluation and assessment of needs be made as to ensure the provision of essential services during the pendency of the case as well as post sentencing. 
To assist prosecutors, law enforcement and victim-witness personnel successfully meet these challenges; the National District Attorneys Association presents the Prosecuting Sexual Assaults and Related Crimes course.  

The program’s tentative topics include: 

  • Stopping Victim Blaming Behavior
  • Trauma Informed Interviewing
  • Manner Of Death: Sexual Assault Homicides
  • Cross Examination of Defendants and Their Experts
  • Aggressive Motions Practice
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Overcoming the Consent Defense
  • The Impact of Crawford on Sexual Assault Trials
  • Witness Intimidation Issues
  • Alcohol and Drug Induced Rape
  • Sexual Serial Killers
  • Sexual Assault and the Military
  • Innovative Initiatives for College Campuses
  • Sexual Assaults of Elders: Unique Issues
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Human Trafficking — Sex Trade Trafficking and Labor Trafficking
  • The Visual Trial
  • Jury Selection Issues
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
  • Electronic Evidence
  • Paraphilia and Mental Health
  • Ethics & Professionalism

Prosecutors, Victim Advocates, Law enforcement and other members of the prosecution team.


The Hyatt Regency Savannah
Two West Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
UPDATE: The Hyatt and Indigo hotel (our original overflow hotel) room blocks have been sold out but we have made arrangements for overflow rooms at a nearby hotel – The River Street Inn – just 1/10th of a mile from the Hyatt.

The River Street Inn, 124 E. Bay Street, Savannah 
To make a reservation at the River Street Inn, you will need to call 912-234-6400 and identify yourself as part of the NDAA group to get the rate of $108.0 per night.

Note: The Hyatt and the Hotel Indigo may still have rooms available at a higher rate, if you want to book outside our room block.

$108.00 – Single Occupancy


Course Venue: The Hyatt - Enjoy A Premier Location on the Savannah River

Close proximity to everything the city offers! So many activities, attractions and restaurants within walking distance. The Hyatt Regency Savannah is located on River Street, close to downtown, and offers a taste of superb nightlife options like bars and fine-dining, and Broughton Street shopping is just a few traffic signals south. Museums, famous houses and guided tours are all less than a mile away, leaving the Historic District completely in the palm of your hand. A ferry ride from River Street can take you to the north bank for even more dining and shopping. Enjoy a riverboat cruise, or follow the flow and get carried away to the ocean, where the beaches are pristine.

Walk or hop on the trolley or the dot, Savannah's free downtown transportation system, to see to exciting attractions like River Street, City Market, Forsyth Park, Historic Savannah Theater, Savannah Civic Center and Savannah College of Art & Design. Enjoy waterfront dining on River Street and browse designer shops on Broughton Street — Savannah's fashionable downtown strip. Grab a mint julep and walk through beautiful Madison Square located directly behind the hotel.

River Street — Stroll along the cobble-stone streets along the Savannah River to waterfront attractions, shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and pubs housed in century-old historic buildings

Old Town Trolley Tours — Hop on the Savannah Old Town Trolley Tour and see Savannah's historic marketplaces, landmarks, gardens, and attractions, and the most haunted streets in America.

Round House Railroad Museum — The Georgia State Railroad Museum is believed to be the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence in the world!

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace — founder of the remarkable worldwide Girl Scout movement that changed the world.

Forsyth Park — Influenced by the remarkable vistas and views created by French urban renewal efforts in Paris, this lovely 150 year old park and its stunning fountain were created during a 19th century beautification project.

The Mercer House — now called the Mercer-Williams House Museum, is located at 429 Bull Street, at the southwest end of Monterey Square. Thanks to the 1994 John Berendt novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Mercer Williams House has become one of those ‘must-see’ attractions for many people coming to Savannah. The house was the scene of the shooting death of Jim Williams' assistant, Danny Hansford. The house is open to the public for tours.

Savannah College of Art & Design — Explore the beautiful art galleries and the Museum with contemporary art and exhibitions.

Tybee Island & Beaches — 17 miles — Savannah's Beach!

Transportation from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Taxi: approximately $25+ $3 for additional passengers.
Airport Shuttle Service also available
Amtrak: 15 Miles/10 minutes. Taxi is $15 flat fee and $3 for each additional person.

Getting around Savannah during your stay
Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is the local transit system. Each CAT fare costs you $1 and if you have to transfer buses, you will have to purchase another fare on the second bus for $1. Monthly passes are available.

Downtown Shuttle (dot): complimentary shuttle service offering transportation throughout the Savannah Historic District. For route information, visit

Course Information

CLE: Anticipated CLE credits will be approximately 20 hours, including at least one hour of Ethics. Questions regarding CLE can be directed to

Course Tuition is $595.00 for NDAA members and $695.00 for nonmembers  for a single attendee from an office. There is a $50 discount for additional attendees from the same office.

Cancellations and Refund Policy: Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by 5 pm, ten business days prior to the beginning of the course. Refunds, less $60 for administrative fees, will be made for cancellations received after this date for all courses.

Travel Services

  • HERTZ offers special discounts — refer to the NDAA Corporate Discount (CPD) Number 1572962.
  • AVIS also offers special discounts — refer to Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number D150036.

Course Schedule
On-site registration and Check–in will be held Monday, September 12th at 8 am;
Class Begins at 8:30 am.  The Course concludes Friday, September 16th at 11:30 am.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (703) 549-9222 or email or


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