Bonus Session: Finding Justice For Child Victims
Track: Research and Innovative Practices
Studies show that less than 20% of investigated cases of child sexual abuse move forward to prosecution, and approximately half of those result in a dismissal or acquittal. With so few cases resulting in criminal convictions, how is justice achieved for child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation? This session will discuss methods that have been demonstrated to increase criminal convictions, the concept of justice and various approaches through which justice may be realized for children.
Executive Director, Arthur D. Curtis Children's Justice Center
Amy Russell is executive director of the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Clark County, Washington. Ms. Russell is a licensed attorney and a nationally certified counselor. Ms. Russell has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including interviewer for child victims of abuse and witnesses to crime; counselor for survivors of homicide victims; and advocate for victims of sexual and intimate partner violence. She has also directed several CACs; provided training on child abuse investigations, interviews and litigation; interviewed over a thousand children; and authored several articles on forensic interviewing, child maltreatment and vicarious trauma.