Applied NAPASA Materials


The applied social action program has three elements, all of which may be implemented by a local human rights group or sexual assault service. They are:

Use the materials to start a court watching program. Document the outrageous process at the local level, where the participants have real names and local jobs. Use the documentation for press releases and to lobby for changes at the local level.

Use the research material to gain the cooperation of the local State Attorney for use by the prosecution during local trials to raise legal objections and force the legal arguments into the appeal process.

Use the research material to prepare the adult witness for what will happen and how to respond to avoid the common defense traps. Sexual assault trials are a script waiting to be acted out in court; there are few surprises. A victim can be ready for what will happen.