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Children Who Are Stalked - What You Need to Know

Jane Straub

When the word “stalking” is searched in google, quite a few results will try to compare stalking to romance, many minimize the harm and others confuse harassment with protection.  Our culture uses terms such as “stalking, creeping/creeper and hanging around” to normalize this real, extremely harmful and scary criminal act.  Due to the availability and use of technology, children are becoming victims and offenders of digital crimes at earlier ages.  This presentation will provide information on stalking including definition, statistics and prevalence, technology and the connection to children used in domestic violence situations.  Links to other crimes such as exploitation, sextortion, revenge porn, sexual abuse, vandalism, identity theft and harassment will also be discussed.

 

Grooming Strategies Regarding Exploitation and Trafficking of Youth

Jane Straub

The act of recruiting someone into trafficking is intentional, planned and criminal. Learn tactics and techniques used by traffickers including targeting, recruiting and the grooming process. Understanding the emotional/trauma bond between the offender and victim is imperative to break this connection and intervene when a minor is targeted.  Research regarding childhood trauma, victim risk factors, juvenile justice, homeless and missing youth will be discussed.

 

Knock and Talk Investigations - Maximum Results with Minimum Manpower

John Pirics

Draws from several years of experience in child exploitation investigations that have been initiated by consensual contact (knock and talks). The presentation will provide successful techniques to gain and maintain consent, tips on maximizing the interview, methods for triaging knock and talk targets, and overall strategies for the different types of situations and individuals that are encountered. This information will be blended with examples from actual cases, many of which have resulted in child rescues and significant sentences.

 

Predators in Schools: Thoughts on Prevention from an Offender

John Pirics

Darrell Hughes was a long term success as a school counselor and treatment provider for a school system in Indiana. After his apprehension for producing child pornography with multiple victims, he was convicted and agreed to participate in video recorded interviews about his criminal trade craft and previously successful methods to avoid detection. During the presentation you will hear a summary of the investigation and clips from Hughes' interview in an effort to clarify preventative steps that can be taken by parents, school staff, child protective services, and law enforcement to help keep our children safe in the school environment.

 

The Ripple Effects of Sexual Harm

Jane Straub

The spectrum of sexual harm is quite vast.  The ways in which one person can sexually harm another is limitless.  This presentation will engage the audience in a courageous conversation of sexual harm and abuse, the impact of sexual violence on the victim and the community, myths and misperception of sexual violence and prevalence and current data.  From child sexual abuse to campus sexual assault to human trafficking, the impact of harm affects every person.  The goals of the presentation are to increase awareness of sexually harmful behaviors, identify signs of sexual abuse, provide strategies to work with and support those impacted by sexual harm and create shifts in opinions of prevention and harm reduction that will lead to substantial change.