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Recorded on location at the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, each episode in this bonus series will deepen our understanding of DNA testing, how it supports cold case investigations and prosecutions, and what's ahead for crime solvers around the globe.Can someone get away with murder in the 21st century? Advances in DNA testing, forensic genetic genealogy and forensic investigation are making it more difficult to do so, and applying these advances to homicide investigations is significantly reducing the time it takes to catch a killer. Forensic psychologist, Dr. Lawrence Simon, explains the critical work of investigators who pursue cold cases, serial killings and other crimes committed by deviant offenders, and how they benefit from collaboration with experts from around the world via The Vidocq Society and the Cold Case Foundation, where he is a collaborator. Dr. Simon walks us through the importance of old-fashioned detective work combined with cutting-edge technology, DNA evidence and luck - all of these playing vital roles in making it less likely for someone to get away with murder. Dr. Simon has spent over a decade working on complex crimes against persons cases and is a vital member of major cold case task forces, assisting investigators on high profile serial homicides. At the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, Dr. Simon presented 3 sessions of his highly popular topic, "Sexual Deviant Killers." This is his second appearance on the Podcast on Crimes Against Women. 
Recorded on location at the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, each episode in this bonus series will deepen our understanding of DNA testing, how it supports cold case investigations and prosecutions, and what's ahead for crime solvers around the globe.Recent revelations across North America have unearthed new and disturbing crimes against Indigenous People, specifically children who perished at Indian boarding schools. We explore the use of DNA collection and testing within the context of these crimes, the impact of generational trauma upon DNA, blood quantum requirements that determine Indian ancestry and lead to its ultimate erasure from humankind, and so much more with Nicole Matthews. Ms. Matthews has led the sexual assault coalition from its inception in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as one of the first national programs that addresses the unique and significant needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women and children. At the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, Ms. Matthews co-presented "The Critical Intersection of Sex Trafficking & Murdered & Missing Indigenous Relatives." This is her second appearance on the Podcast on Crimes Against Women.
Recorded on location at the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, each episode in this bonus series will deepen our understanding of DNA testing, how it supports cold case investigations and prosecutions, and what's ahead for crime solvers around the globe.DNA, FGG, ABO, RFLP, PCR, CODIS - what does it all mean? From the crime scene to the crime lab to the courtroom, DNA evidence collection, testing and results continue change the landscape of criminal investigations. We take a closer look at how DNA testing has evolved over the past century and the impact it has on investigations and securing convictions with a special focus on the successes of sexual assault kit testing. Patricia (Patti) Powers, JD, Attorney Advisor at AEquitas and Misty Mara Williamson, Forensic DNA Analyst III and DNA Laboratory Coordinator at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, join the conversation as both experts in their fields and collaborators in bringing cold cases to justice. Patti and Misty co-presented, "Advancing Justice with DNA Technology", at the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women.
Molly Jane Matheson was raped, strangled and murdered in 2017 by a former intimate partner. Since her murder, Molly Jane’s mother, Tracy Matheson, has fought for justice for both Molly Jane and other women who have experienced sexual assault. In this first ever live episode of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women, Tracy Matheson courageously shares the story of what happened to Molly Jane, her journey to reveal the truth throughout the investigation of her daughter’s murder, the establishment of Molly Jane’s Law in the State of Texas and the founding of Project Beloved: The Molly Jane Mission.  Tracy Matheson is a wife, a daughter and a mother of 4. She and her husband, David, have 3 sons and 1 daughter. It is her daughter, Molly Jane’s life and tragic death, which showed her what her true life’s calling is…a momma on a mission. She founded Project Beloved: The Molly Jane Mission in 2018 in response to unimaginable pain and works to use that pain to help change the conversation about sexual assault and empower survivors to find their voices. Tracy serves on the Sexual Assault Survivors Task Force for the office of the Governor of the State of Texas. She also worked to get a law passed in the 86th legislative session and Molly Jane’s Law is now law in the state of Texas.  
Corporate America is not immune to the impact of domestic violence. With over 70 million women in the workforce and 1-in-4 women experiencing abuse in the home most workplaces in America employ someone living in an abusive relationship. In this episode, we discuss the need for a "coordinated corporate response" to domestic violence, one that includes organization-wide and cross-departmental engagement, employee training, and occupational safety in order to nimbly address the needs of employees who experience domestic violence. Ruth Guerreiro, Senior Director of Clinical Services at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, and Effie Dennison, Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development and Corporate Responsibility for Texas Capital Bank join the conversation to expand on how corporations can be the catalyst for change when an employee turns to their employer for support. Ruth Guerreiro is the Senior Director of Clinical and Non-Residential Services at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support (GWSS). For the past 10 years, Ms. Guerreiro has been advocating for and providing cutting-edge therapeutic services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. She supervises and trains clinicians across all locations to guarantee that GWSS is providing best-practice therapies for clients. Ms. Guerreiro seeks out, develops, oversees and integrates trauma-informed programs to ensure the organization and staff continue to be thought leaders in the movement to end domestic violence. She is EMDR certified, an EMDRIA Consultant, an LCSW licensing supervisor, and a CPT provider, in addition to providing expert testimony in court on behalf of survivors. Ms. Guerreiro has provided individual and group therapy to over 1,000 survivors.Effie Dennison is Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development and Corporate Responsibility for Texas Capital Bank (TCB) and is responsible for the bank’s strategic investment and community relations activities across all TCB Texas markets. Responsibilities include fulfillment of the banks’ philanthropic giving, employee engagement and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Ms. Dennison is also President of Texas Capital Community Development Corporation (CDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the bank that provides commercial loans for development and revitalization of economically distressed areas. The CDC also makes long-term investments in various funds that provide equity for small and mid-size businesses. Dennison has over 28 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Texas Capital Bank, Dennison served in executive roles as Director of Sales and Marketing for Vendor Resource Management, Fannie Mae North Texas and Senior Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank-Texas. 
When Melody McFadden was 17, her mother was shot and killed in a domestic violence incident. Her mother’s boyfriend, who committed the murder, was a prior convicted felon who had obtained an illegal weapon. In 2014, Melody's niece was killed by a stray bullet, also from an illegal weapon.Ruhi Bengali is a new mom and a gun violence researcher whose work reveals that women with children, including those who are pregnant or postpartum, face significantly higher risk of gun violence from a partner or former partner than any other demographic in the United States. Melody and Ruhi are important voices at the intersection of gun violence and intimate partner violence: both are mothers who are working to better understand the underpinnings of gun violence against women in order to create a safer future for mothers everywhere. Together they are also a wellspring of knowledge on issues surrounding gun access, related legislation, current research, and boots on the ground action to reduce gun violence against mothers. Ruhi Bengali is an Associate Research Director at Everytown for Gun Safety and leads their research efforts on the intersection of gun violence and intimate partner violence, the impact of gun violence on children and teens and school violence. Melody McFadden is a gun violence survivor and volunteer with Moms Demand Action in South Carolina as well as a Senior Fellow with the Everytown Survivor Network. Melody is a dedicated advocate for gun violence prevention, with a specific focus on the many facets of domestic violence, trauma, and prohibiting people with dangerous histories from obtaining guns.
Femicide, the intentional killing of a woman because she is a woman, is a pervasive and brutal form of male violence against women that persists worldwide. Together with femicide researcher Dawn Wilcox, we explore the dynamics of femicide through the lens of Women Count USA, a femicide accountability project she developed that chronicles victims of femicide in the United States from 1950 onward. According to Wilcox, “male violence against women and girls is a preventable public health crisis. Femicide, domestic violence and sexual assault are intolerable violations of the basic worth, dignity and human rights of women and girls in the United States and the world.” The comprehensive database of femicide victims that is Women Count USA is intended to not only provide data about femicide but also uplift its victims and give each of them a name. Dawn Wilcox is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and 27 years of service in the nursing profession. Her dedication to women who are victims of violence has been a decades-long journey since having survived her own experiences of abuse and gender-based violence. 
Now in its 17th year, the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) will take place May 23-26, 2022 in Dallas Texas. The first conference of its kind, CCAW is focused on practical solutions that successfully resolve crimes of gender-based violence and is the ideal education and training opportunity for prosecutors, advocates and law enforcement. This year's event will feature 200-plus sessions in just a little over 3 days of workshops, case studies, computer labs, an interactive crime scene and so much more. Listeners of this episode will hear directly from conference founder Jan Langbein and conference director Becky Park, and receive a bonus discount code for registration to the 2022 conference.
According to the CDC, 1-in-3 Latina women experience domestic violence. What's more, generational trauma - stemming from immigration status, language access, financial dependence, male dominance, and much more - increases vulnerability, leads to victimization, poses significant barriers to safety and services for Latina survivors, and contributes to a "dynamic of loss" for this population. We explore this unique dynamic and focused solutions that benefit Latina women with Paula Gomez-Stordy, Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Esperanza United (formerly Casa de Esperanza). Paula Gomez-Stordy has worked with survivors of abuse within various settings including courts, hospitals, and shelters and her advocacy has led to institutional change to increase the inclusion and safety of survivors. Esperanza United is founded and led by Latinas, who ground their work in listening to Latinas and their communities, lifting up their beauty, strengths, and wisdom on the journey to end gender-based violence.
Dan Nash co-founded the Human Trafficking Training Center in response to the lack of hands-on, practical skills training for law enforcement officers, advocates et al in the areas of human trafficking investigation and related victim support services. Today, the center provides solutions to law enforcement on conducting investigations that ensure arrests and prosecutions of traffickers, how to interview a possible victim or offender, and how to set up a proactive operation or prepare related reports. As a result of this work, the center has trained thousands of first responders around the world and increased the number of human trafficking victims rescued and moved to safety. In this discussion Dan Nash, a retired Missouri State Trooper with 27 years of experience in human trafficking investigation, provides real-life examples of how the center’s skills training is used to solve crimes and rescue victims, shares best practices for conducting human trafficking investigations at large national sporting events, explains how the center’s special victims methodology is causing a paradigm shift in law enforcement attitudes toward trafficking victims, and describes the value of including survivor leaders in the work of training law enforcement.  
One in four black girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Forty-five percent of black women have experienced abuse from an intimate partner. Forty percent of human trafficking victims are black. As fragments of data, these statistics are alarming. Contextualized within the historical experiences of black women and girls in America, they are the results of the sexualization of black women rooted in generational trauma steeped in racism, slavery, dehumanization and so much more. We dive into the history, data and language of these experiences; how they are shaped by policy making and practices in the U.S.; and the role each of us can play in shifting the experience from black woman tropes and victimization to beautifully complex and deserving of multilayered support. Ayana Wallace, Training and Technical Assistance Manager at Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, lends her unique and courageous voice to this conversation providing both history and hands-on understanding of black women survivor needs and experiences. Ms. Wallace has worked for over a decade in the domestic violence field providing direct service to survivors, technical assistance to advocates, law enforcement, community-based partners and faith communities, and toward the advancement of national initiatives that benefit survivors. 
Recent, reliable sources that document domestic violence by law enforcement professionals are difficult to locate. A 1991 survey by Leonore Johnson claims that 40 percent of officers commit a form of abuse in the home and that two in five officers who respond to domestic disturbance calls are abusers themselves (source: Alex Rosin). These are startling claims that require further investigation to better understand their context. Even more alarming is that in the past, domestic violence committed by law enforcement officers was largely unreported or underreported, and when a complaint was filed, police departments often did not take appropriate action. Dr. Stephany Powell, a retired LAPD Vice Sergeant with 30 years on the force, provides both history and clarification of these statistics, as well as the response of law enforcement to criminal behavior among police officers. Dr. Powell, now an educator and trainer of law enforcement officers in her role as the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, explores the history of police recruiting and training, the so-called code of silence within the police force, the impact of PTSD and addiction on police officers, and just how far we’ve come from the days when domestic violence, sexual assault and the objectification of women were acceptable behaviors from those sworn to protect and serve. Included in this episode is a poignant quote from keynote speaker of the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, Mark Wynn, a retired Lieutenant Detective of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, as referenced in Alex Rosin’s 2017 book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence. 
According to the CDC, one in four girls and one in 13 boys experience predatory grooming leading to exploitation and sexual abuse. Most often, this behavior occurs within the trusted inner circle—a parent, family member, coach or mentor. With a lack of education about the warning signs of predatory behaviors, victims of grooming—especially those who are most vulnerable—are at risk of being exposed to predators while authority figures are often poorly prepared to see the signs and intervene. Prosecutors Melissa Hoppmeyer and Kathryn Marsh expose how master manipulators groom, exploit and sexually abuse their victims; how to recognize the warning signs of grooming; how the legal process against offenders has evolved; and how public awareness of grooming is leading to more reporting of these acts and achieving justice for survivors.
Sixty-eight percent of American households include at least one pet, and within those homes where domestic violence or child abuse occur, eighty-eight percent also include animal abuse. Animals and pets are the silent victims of abuse, who cannot reach out for help and have no lifeline of support. Author, attorney and animal advocate Allie Phillips is changing that through programs that shelter pets alongside domestic violence survivors in agencies around the world. A former child abuse and domestic violence prosecutor, Allie Phillips has developed programs including Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)® and Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) to safeguard animals from further abuse as well as support the healing of trauma for their human companions. 
Disasters - both natural and human-influenced - increase risks for sexual violence against women, children and men with an estimated 1-in-5 women and 1-in-17 men impacted by these actions. That risk is further elevated for vulnerable populations including BIPOC and children living with their abusers. In response to these startling statistics, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) developed its first guide to preventing and responding to sexual violence within disasters in 2008. Recently updated and expanded, the NSVRC Disasters Guidebook, “Sexual Violence In Disasters ” (aka "the guide") offers thought-provoking ideas and recommendations on disaster preparedness that can both prevent and address experiences of disaster-related sexual violence. In this episode we explore the guide, the expansive and troubling sexual violence continuum within disasters and instances of sexual violence found within the calamities of Hurricane Katrina, the COVID pandemic and the current war in Ukraine with expert Jennifer Grove, Prevention Director at NSVRC. Ms. Grove has worked in the sexual violence prevention movement for over 24 years conducting community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs and the national prevention work of the NSVRC by providing training and resources to sexual assault coalitions, state departments of health, local community programs, and other organizations working to develop, implement, and evaluate sexual violence prevention strategies. Listeners are encouraged to review the guide in detail on the NSVRC website.
The Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Professor of Sociology Dr. Neil Websdale to explore the subject of familicide - the killing of a spouse or partner, one or more of the children, and followed by the suicide of the perpetrator.  Familicidal incidents number just 10 to 20 homicides each year in the U.S., yet they captivate national attention through their profound horror and extreme atrocity. Through a sociological lens, Dr. Websdale expands our understanding of what constitutes a familicidal killing, the motivations of those actions, how these crimes impact our society and more. Leaning into his extensive experience with fatality review of domestic violence cases, Dr. Websdale explains the shortcomings and opportunities of traditional approaches to domestic violence homicides such as the power and control wheel, lethality assessments, coordinated community responses, law enforcement training et al, with the ultimate recommendation that these unique and complex crimes require unique and layered solutions that include a wider perspective in order to understand them and prevent future atrocities.Dr. Websdale is the Director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University and Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI). Dr. Websdale has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. He has authored five books, with the most recent being Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Dr. Websdale is a past presenter at the Conference on Crimes Against Women.
Episode eight of the third season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and researcher of far-right and misogynist terrorism and countering violent extremism, Jacob Ware. Jacob has researched and written work on incel violence that has appeared in many publications including Lawfare, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. In this episode, Jacob explores the subject of incels, how the term "incel" came about, and the history of the incel movement. Jacob then delves into incel ideologies and the common incel theme of hatred for women, taking the "red pill" or "black pill" and other incel terminology, and to what degree online chatrooms and the internet/social media have exacerbated the incel movement. Finally, Jacob shares how he, as a professor, teaches about incels at Georgetown University, the response he receives from students when teaching on this subject, and how male students react to the subject matter of incels in his course. 
Episode seven of the third season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women, in partnership with Genesis the Podcast, welcomes community psychologist and Assistant Professor at The George Washington University, Dr. Jameta Barlow. In this episode, Dr. Barlow presents a brief history of violence against black women and girls in United States. Dr. Barlow begins with the story of Recy Taylor, and extends to other experiences of slavery and human rights violations against black people in America. This episode offers a framework for our present reality fraught with systemic failures, barriers to support, and increasing violence against women. Dr. Barlow also provides examples of progress in these areas and offers solutions for the future through her strengths-based approach to solving community health problems. Her 2020 article, titled: The Forgotten Survivors of Sexual Violence: Black Women and Girls in America, was the impetus for this conversation, and it can be found on the website of the American Psychological Association.  
Episode six of the third season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, founder of Viva Excellence, and the CEO of the Trauma Counseling Center, Dr. Kate Truitt. Dr. Truitt's research focuses on brain health during the recovery process, treatment outcomes, and psychophysiology. Her clinical practices and scientific studies have led Dr. Truitt to specialize in the treatment of traumatic stress and PTSD.In this episode, Dr. Truitt takes a deep dive into the concepts of silence, shame and ostracism, and how these directly impact victims of abuse and crime. Dr. Truitt delves into how human beings are hard-wired to experience feeling shame and the science behind this, how offenders can use shame/silence/ostracism to further harm or manipulate their victims, and how the “silent treatment” is something that is employed by both abused and non-abused individuals as a form of either purposeful or unintentional control.
Episode five of the third season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Peter Qualliotine, leader in the anti-exploitation movement, Co-Founder of the Sexual Exploitation Education Project, Co-Founder of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS), and the current Coordinator for Modeling Equality. Peter joins us to examine why men buy sex, what drives this compulsion, and why some men act on this impulse while others don’t.In this episode, Peter delves into the concept of men paying for sex and the true scope of this problem. Peter discusses who exactly is paying for sex in this country, how often this is occurring, and the reported, and often underreported, increase/decrease in these numbers over time. Peter then helps us take a deeper look into why are men compelled to buy sex, what causes these urges, and explains how sexual exploitation is, in fact, a practice of gender-based violence. Finally, Peter shares what drove him to spend his life advocating for men’s accountability in sexual exploitation, how we can end the demand for purchasing sex, and what actions we, as listeners, can take in order to end sexual exploitation.
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