The courtroom training will provide SANEs an overview of the courtroom process and roles and strategies for effective testimony. Attorneys will gain insight into the role of SANEs and the information they can provide in the testimony process.

“SANEs can provide valuable expertise in the judicial process and this training will help our SANEs to gain confidence in the role they have in the courtroom,” said Teri Beeson, SANE training coordinator at the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM).  

This training is being made possible through a partnership between CPCM, a service center of the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, and the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (The Network), with trainers from The Network, Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office, Avera Health, Beadle County State’s Attorney’s Office and Minnehaha County State’s Attorney's Office.

Through the course of three virtual sessions and an opportunity to participate in an in-person courtroom simulation, participants will: receive an overview of the criminal justice system of South Dakota and South Dakota sexual assault laws, prepare for trial and expert qualification, learn the elements of direct and cross examination, and participate in a mock trial experience.

“This training opportunity will also be available for our multidisciplinary team partners and students to observe and learn, providing a well-rounded learning experience for multiple points-of-view,” said Tracey Decker, attorney consultant with The Network.

In addition to Decker, training providers include Jen Canton, SANE supervisor at Avera Health; Lara Roetzel, state’s attorney at Pennington County; Michael R. Moore, state’s attorney at Beadle County; and Crystal Johnson, deputy state’s attorney at Minnehaha County.

The free training will take place on Fridays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27. In-person courtroom simulation will take place Nov. 3 in Pennington County and Nov. 17 in Minnehaha County. All SANEs and attorneys in the state are invited to participate. Additionally, multi-disciplinary team partners and students are invited to register and view the virtual sessions and observe the in-person courtroom experience.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GG-00844-RURA awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

About the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM),, is the first organization to join local, tribal, state and federal efforts in the fight against child sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment in South Dakota. CPCM was born out of the work of Jolene’s Law Task Force, established through SDCL 2-6-31 and its comprehensive 10-year plan to help South Dakotans know of, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse.

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