Best Practice Webinar Series: Sexual Assault and the Military Patient
This webinar is currently archived and available on-line.
This webinar will provide an overview of the military justice system as it relates to the prosecution of sexual assault. Specifically, we will discuss the role of the sexual assault nurse examiner as fact witness and expert witness for either the prosecution or the defense at all stages of the military justice system. We will also identify and differentiate between the military’s policies regarding reporting as well as the options of victim’s of these crimes. Finally, we will provide best practices as they relate to working with military investigators, prosecutors, and defense attorneys while keeping the patient’s interests paramount.
Sasha Rutizer is a Senior Attorney/Fellow at the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA), a project of the National District Attorneys Association. Prior to joining NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer was a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army. She spent several years as a criminal defense attorney at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following her time as a defense counsel, Ms. Rutizer was selected to be one of four Army Officers responsible for the training of Army prosecutors world-wide at the Trial Counsel Assistance Program (TCAP), located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While at TCAP, Ms. Rutizer developed curriculum for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, child pornography and child abuse, and has presented on these topics both nationally and internationally. During this time she also served as a Special Victim Prosecutor at Ft. Stewart, Georgia and Ft. Riley, Kansas, where she was responsible for the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. In her last year of active duty, Ms. Rutizer shifted her focus to appellate issues in special victims prosecutions, serving as an attorney with the Government Appellate Division. There she argued cases in front of the Army Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in order to uphold prior convictions of service members. In addition to her work with NCPCA, Ms. Rutizer is also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
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