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Question about False Reporting? EVAWI Probably Has a Resource for That! Webinar
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 30 minutes long.

Course Description

For anyone working in the field of sexual assault, powerful societal myths about false reporting are “the water in which we swim.” Misconceptions about false reporting affect virtually every aspect of sexual assault response, from friends and family members, to responding professionals, to victims themselves. When we can respond effectively to these ideas about false reports, we make progress on every aspect of our response.

EVAWI offers numerous resources to help you respond to misconceptions about false reporting. Join us for a quick tour through these resources, and then stay tuned for a Q&A with EVAWI’s Director of Research, Dr. Kim Lonsway. With just a half-hour of your time, we hope you will feel better prepared to address this persistent challenge.


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

  • Identify, locate, and access EVAWI resources on false reporting
  • Prepare to explain false reporting and respond effectively to questions
  • Address the persistent challenge of false reporting myths and misconceptions



Picture of Kimberly LonswayKimberly Lonsway, PhD
Director of Research, EVAWI, San Luis Obispo, CA

Dr. Kim Lonsway is a Founding Board Member and current Research Director for EVAWI, America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault. Before EVAWI, Dr. Lonsway served as the Director of Research for the National Center for Women & Policing and the Director of Research and Training for Penny Harrington & Associates. She also taught psychology at California Polytechnic State University.

Dr. Lonsway earned her PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and then served for two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the interdisciplinary American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. Her research has always focused on sexual violence and the criminal justice and community response system, and she volunteered for over 15 years as a victim advocate for rape crisis centers in two different communities. In 2012, she was awarded the first-ever Volunteer of the Decade Award from the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center in San Luis Obispo, CA - an award specifically created to recognize Lonsway's years of service and dedication to this local rape crisis center.

Dr. Lonsway co-authored a book with Chief Penny Harrington entitled: Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and Nontraditional Fields for Women (Prentice Hall). She has also written over 60 published articles, book chapters, technical reports, government reports, and commissioned documents - in addition to numerous training modules, bulletins, and other resources. She served for five years as Co-Editor of the Sexual Assault Report, a bimonthly publication of the Civic Research Institute.

Over her career, Dr. Lonsway has trained thousands of professionals across the country and around the world, testified as an expert witness in both criminal and civil court cases, and responded to countless inquiries from survivors, practitioners, researchers, educators, policymakers, and the media on topics associated with sexual assault victimization and the criminal justice and community response system.
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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