National Crime Victims’ Law Institute webinar (MAY 15)

The National Crime Victims’ Law Institute (NCVLI) will be hosting a web conference titled “Intersection of Victims’ Rights and Rape Shield” on Wednesday, May 15, from 3-4:30 PM.  The presenters will be Meg Garvin, M.A, J.D; and Alison Wilkinson, J.D.  They will briefly outline the history of rape shield and identify issues with current rape shield litigation.  They will also offer tips on how victims’ rights provisions can allow further victim participation in court proceedings.

In the 1970s, states adopted rape shield laws to help aid victims of sexual assault.  Previous to these laws, individuals’ chastity (or lack thereof) was actually used as legal evidence to determine whether they were victims of rape or if they had consented to the actions.  Rape shield legislation has helped reflect the truth that a person’s sexual history is irrelevant in determining their status as sexual assault victims.

Join Meg Garvin, executive director of NCVLI; and Alison Wilkinson, Violence against Women Project director, for the webinar on May 15.  The event is free, and you register by clicking on this link.  For more information, you can contact the NCVLI at


This webinar is supported by Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K030 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this training are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

NCVLI is a national non-profit legal advocacy organization whose mission is to actively promote balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.


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