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15th Annual West Virginia Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium

April 22, 2015


Download the Brochure and Registration in PDF here

(Registration Deadline 04/15/2015)


About the Symposium:

It is critically important that professionals working with victims of sexual assault understand the impact that trauma has on the brain. Research has shown us that trauma affects a victim’s capacity to communicate, to process information and to remember. The trauma can create psychological, behavioral and physical health challenges that can last a lifetime.


The symposium will provide practical information to empower all professionals working with sexual assault victims to better understand the complexities caused by trauma and how utilizing physical, psychological and sensory techniques can assist in providing care, interviewing, investigations, and prosecution of these crimes.



National Experts to be featured speakers:


  • Detective Carlton Hershman, San Diego Police Department, is a 28-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department. Over that time, he has worked in a wide variety of assignments, including Patrol, Neighborhood Policing, Juvenile Investigations, Narcotics, Special Investigations, Homicide, and Sex Crimes.
  • Jessica Mindlin, Esq., is the Victim Rights Law Center’s National Director of Training and Technical Assistance. Jessica has been active in the movement to end violence against women for more than thirty years. She was a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on how we examine and respond to sexual assault.
  • Dr. Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, APN, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAFS, FAAN is an internationally recognized family nurse practitioner expert in advanced practice forensic nursing of sexual and domestic assault and abuse in all developmental ages and stages. She has 28 years of clinical practice experience. Dr. Speck has research interest in the effects of violence and trauma on individuals and populations, policy development, educational and practice program evaluation and capacity building, and violence prevention initiatives.


Continuing Education

The Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium meets continuing education requirements for social work, counseling, nursing and law enforcement annual in-service. Continuing education credits for EMTs, domestic violence certification and attorneys are pending.



  • Registration Fee: $50.00, late registration $65.00 (after April 15th)
  • Time: 8:00am - 4:15pm
  • Location: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV
  • Contact: Debra Lopez-Bonassa, dlbonasso@aol.com or 304-366-9508



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