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Prosecutors also need mandatory training on sexual assault, says senior Crown

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 7:27 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Prosecutors are not adequately trained in the law and social context of sexual assaults, especially sexual assault trauma, says a senior Crown whose views about the crime changed after she experienced a traumatic incident as a student.

Ursula HendelUrsula Hendel, president of the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) which represents 2,600 federal prosecutors and government lawyers, agrees with mandatory sexual assault law and context training for judges, but argues such training should extended, on a compulsory basis, to Crowns as well — including providing overstretched prosecutors...