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Suspect Forensic Examinations and Evidence Collection Webinar
Friday, June 7th, 2019
12:00 AM PT/1:00 AM MT/2:00 AM CT/3:00 AM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

All too often suspect examinations are overlooked in a sexual assault investigation, as well as other crimes. Most law enforcement agencies, as well as forensic nurse examiner programs, have failed to establish appropriate policies and procedures for obtaining comprehensive forensic examinations for suspects.

The purpose of this webinar is to make the case for the importance of suspect examinations, for the collection of evidence from both the suspect's body and clothing, to explore some of the reasons and barriers as to why they often are not done, and to provide concrete recommendations for overcoming these barriers and using suspect examinations effectively in your jurisdiction.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain the primary goals of a forensic examination conducted of a suspect in a sexual assault investigation.
  • Describe the full scope of evidence that may be identified, documented and collected during a forensic examination of a sexual assault suspect.
  • Articulate the investigative purposes of evidence collected and documented during the forensic examination of a sexual assault suspect.
  • Discuss how different types of evidence can help establish the elements of the crime, corroborate or challenge statements made by a victim, suspect, or witnesses, and address potential defenses.
  • Explain what can and cannot be concluded on the basis of a forensic examination of a sexual suspect.



Sergeant Joanne Archamdault,(Ret.)Sergeant Joanne Archambault (Ret.)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EVAWI, Colville, WA

Sergeant Joanne Archambault (Retired, San Diego Police Department) is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for EVAWI, America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault.

Prior to founding EVAWI, Sgt. Archambault worked for the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) for almost 23 years, before retiring in 2002. From 1985 to 1988, she served as a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit, where she developed the first curriculum for the investigation of child abuse for the San Diego Police and Reserve Academy. Other assignments included Internal Affairs, the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Patrol, Crimes Against Persons and Gangs. In 1991, she revamped the sexual assault curriculum at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy. During the last ten years of her service, Sgt. Archambault supervised the Sex Crimes Unit, which had 13 detectives responsible for investigating approximately 1,000 felony sexual assaults within the City of San Diego each year.

Throughout her career, Sgt. Archambault has worked tirelessly to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault. For example, she authored or co-authored hundreds of reports, articles, chapters, and training materials of various kinds, including the first national training curriculum for sexual assault investigation produced by the National Center for Women & Policing. To enhance this work, she produced a series of training videos in 2001 entitled, Sexual Assault Training and Investigations: The Preliminary Response. She also served for five years as co-editor of the Sexual Assault Report, a bimonthly publication of the Civic Research Institute.

Sgt. Archambault has provided training for tens of thousands of practitioners, policymakers and others - across the country and around the world. She has also been instrumental in creating system-level change through individual contacts, as well as policy initiatives and recommendations for best practice.

Board Treasurer and Founding Director, EVAWI, Forensic Registered Nurse Consultant, Palm Desert, CA

A native of Minnesota, Diana Faugno graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of North Dakota in 1973 and she received her Master's in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a Founding Board Director of EVAWI as well as a Board member of the California American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). Currently, she is a per diem contract staff nurse at Eisenhower Medical Center.

Ms. Faugno is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science, as well as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She has made numerous presentations to Sexual Assault Response Teams across the country as well as scientific community assemblies such as the American Academy of Science, and the annual EVAWI Conference. She provides national training to assist teams in development of staff on topics using curriculums and educational standards on various topics.

Ms. Faugno is the co-author of the Color Atlas of Sexual Assault (Mosby Publications 1997). This was the first book of its kind in the nation. She is also co-author of Sexual Assault across the Life Span, (GW Medical 2003) and numerous other publications.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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