MSU Hosts Sexual Assault Investigation Conference

Aug 5, 2019

Michigan State University is hosting a conference to train more than 100 police and prosecutors from around the Midwest on ways to improve sexual assault investigations.

Topics at the two-day conference include the intersection of law enforcement and Title IX investigations, and the role of advocates in helping law enforcement.

Captain Doug Monette of the MSU police department says the idea is to get the different parties involved in sexual assault investigations working “off the same page, using the same language, understanding each other’s processes, to better support the victims of these types of crimes.”

One of the presenters at this conference is Angela Povilaitis. She prosecuted serial sex abuser Larry Nassar for the state Attorney General’s office, and now works with the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Treatment and Prevention Board.

Other topics being discussed include include a trauma-informed approach for law enforcement, and collaborating with attorneys representing survivors.