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Prosecuting Sexual Assault and Related Violent Crimes
August 13-17, 2018
Bellevue — East Seattle, WA

Sexual assault cases are some of the most difficult cases prosecutors, law enforcement, paralegals, victim witness professionals, health care professionals, and members of the prosecution team will handle. They raise countless emotions from a multitude of individuals. The news media and the entertainment industry perpetuate myths which compromise prospective jurors’ ability to fairly weigh the evidence and facts.  The impact of social media can be devastating to the victim and their families.  The complexities of victim dynamics, the absence of eyewitness corroboration, lack of scientific evidence, delayed reporting, allegations of false reporting, the misuse of technology by defendants for spying and stalking victims, witness intimidation/ recantation, safety issues, and backlash against the victims, these cases challenge traditional prosecution strategies and also test law enforcement protocols and policy. To assist members of the criminal justice system, community stakeholders, health care professionals, and all who work on behalf of victims to empower them to become survivors, the National District Attorneys Association presents the Prosecuting Sexual Assaults and Related Crimes course.   Join our experienced multi-disciplinary faculty as they discuss these and other issues essential to effective investigation, charging, prosecution, case management and sentencing in these cases.

Tentative Topics Include:

  • Stopping Victim Blaming Behavior
  • The Myths: The Realities: The Investigation
  • Effective Approaches for Utilizing Trauma Informed Interviewing
  • Crafting Trial Strategies
  • Manner Of Death: Sexual Assault Homicides
  • The Charging Decision
  • Cross Examination of Defendants and Their Experts
  • Aggressive Motions Practice
  • Protecting Victim Privacy
  • Use of Experts — When, How and Where to Find Them
  • Appropriate Assistance for Victims
  • #METOO- From the Survivor’s Eyes Panel Discussion
  • Overcoming the Consent Defense — the “Language” of Consent
  • False Allegation Defense
  • The Impact of Crawford on Sexual Assault Trials
  • ER Care for Sexual Assault Victims
  • Witness Intimidation Issues
  • Alcohol and Drug Induced Rape
  • Sexual Assault and the Military
  • Innovative Initiatives for College Campuses
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Human Trafficking — Sex Trade Trafficking
  • The Visual Trial
  • Jury Selection Issues
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
  • Electronic Evidence
  • Ethics & Professionalism

BONUS — Receive a copy of NDAA’s Women Prosecutors Section 2018 -National Sexual Assault Investigation and Prosecution Best Practices Guide.

Course Information

CLE: Anticipated CLE credits will be 20 hours including 1 hour of ethics. NDAA will apply for CLE credit in Washington, Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee.  All other states ​will ​require ​the ​attorney ​to ​self-submit ​using ​their ​uniform ​certificate provided at the conclusion of the course. Questions regarding CLE can be directed to our Registrar and Course Coordinator, Stephanie Weston at

Eligibility: Open to prosecutors and other lawyers in local, state, tribal, federal and military government attorneys’ offices or on task forces or members of sexual assault coalitions who work on behalf of survivors, paralegals who work in these offices, investigators and law enforcement officers who work in prosecutors’ offices or with the local law enforcement agency, victim advocates, victim witness professionals, judges and other members of the criminal justice system. 

Course Tuition:  includes admission and course materials.
Note early bird specials in the white box.

Member Cost through June 13, 2018


Non-Member Cost through June 13, 2018


Member Cost after June 13, 2018


Non-Member Cost after June 13, 2018


NDAA ​adheres ​to ​a ​policy ​of ​non-discrimination ​in ​admissions ​and ​administration.

Special Discounts:

  • The first attendee from an office pays full tuition; each additional attendee from the same office will receive a $50 discount when registered at the same time.
  • Multidisciplinary teams of three or more disciplines will receive a $50 discount on all registrations. Please email Stephanie Weston with your team members’ contact information in order to receive the discount.
  • All active military members will receive a 10% discount on the course registration. Military members are not eligible for the $50 team discount.

Registration fees are non-refundable. However, if you need to cancel your registration, the fees paid may be credited toward any other NDAA training within twelve months from the date of the original cancellation. 

Tentative Course Schedule:
On Site Registration: 8:00am Monday, August 13, 2018
Orientation: 8:30am Monday, August 13, 2018
Conclusion: 12:00pm Friday, August 17, 2018

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (425) 214-7600
Hotel Web site

Treat yourself to sophisticated amenities and stylish surroundings at Seattle Marriott Bellevue. Our hotel offers a prime location moments away from dynamic destinations. Shop at The Bellevue Collection™, attend an event at Meydenbauer Center and witness wildlife at Woodland Park Zoo. When you're ready to unwind, settle into our modern rooms and suites with mesmerizing city or mountain views.

Hotel Rates
$199.00 — Single/Double Rate plus tax

  • Room rate includes- Complimentary Health Club entry
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms
  • Group rate is available 3 days pre and 3 days post conference, based on hotel availability

Rooms will be guaranteed by the guests’ major credit card for first night’s deposit. The deposit becomes non-refundable or the credit card will be charged if the guest does not arrive or cancels after 6pm local time on the date of arrival.

Book hotel reservations by July 23, 2018 to secure the group rate.

Reservation link coming soon!

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 17 miles
Estimated Uber fare: $41.00 — $53.00 (one way)
Estimated Taxi fare: $55.00 (one way)

Enjoy the Northwest's premier shopping, dining and nightlife destination consisting of three upscale complexes — Bellevue Place, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square — The Bellevue Collection offers something for everyone, with over 250 shops, 45 restaurants and multiple entertainment venues to choose from.
Enjoy breath-taking views of the Pacific Northwest at a world-class golf course, head to the mountains for hiking, fishing or skiing or discover Seattle’s best shopping and restaurants, just minutes away.
Visit Downtown Seattle on your half day off on Wednesday, August 15th or come early and take advantage of the conference rate Pre course:

  • Pike Place Market — a beloved Seattle landmark, welcoming more than 10 million visitors a year overlooking Elliott Bay
  • The Oldest Starbucks in the country
  •  Variety of restaurants and shops
  • The Space Needle — The permanent symbol from the 1962 World’s Fair

Taxi downtown averages $38
Uber fare is estimated at $23-30 one way.
Use the Seattle #550 bus is $2.50 each way into downtown and it stops 4 blocks from Pike’s Market — you must have exact change.

For more ideas of things to do while you are in Bellevue or Seattle, visit  and

Further questions about the course? Contact course director Candace Mosley: or project coordinator/registrar Stephanie Weston: 


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