--- criminal law
--- course production date: 3/6/2018
--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

In a #MeToo era in which we live, attorneys have to be familiar with the differences between sex crime and sexual harassment, be able to recognize both--as well as the area of overlap, as well as the variety of consequent legal actions, both civil and criminal.

This course examines the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, including the broad area of overlap existing in various types of sexual behavior. It covers both civil and criminal liability, precursors to sexual harassment and assault, and evidentiary challenges inherent in cases of sexual misconduct.

Key course points are:

• Learn to recognize the types of precursors to sexual offenses.
• Learn the differences between sexual harassment and sex crimes.
• Become familiar with the various types of sexual offenses that can be charged.
• Understand the legal procedural issues involved in investigating sexual offenses.
• Examine the relevance of circumstantial evidence in establishing sexual misconduct.

--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

Wendy L. Patrick is a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section. Dr. Patrick has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.

In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division she handles cases involving sensitive issues including threat assessment. She is the immediate past President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) San Diego Chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager. In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters. She has served as Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexual Violent Predators Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.

Dr. Patrick speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a wide variety of legal and educational institutions both nationally and internationally about threat assessment, cutting edge investigation and use of social media, the methodology of sexual predators and stalkers, and how to increase public awareness and protect the community. Her PhD thesis focused on the psychology of attraction as used by criminals and manipulators in society, and how to spot the red flags.

Dr. Patrick has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. She has taught human trafficking within the United States, as well as in Hong Kong, South Korea, and South Africa. She frequently teaches sexual assault prevention for the Army, having presented programs domestically as well as in Wiesbaden, Germany.

She has been involved with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, the San Diego Child Protection Team, and the Sexual Assault Response Team, from whom she received the SART Response with a Heart Award based on her significant contribution to the professional field of sexual assault prosecution. She also lectures frequently on topics involving the safe use of social media, cyber-crime, and threat assessment.