IDVSA’s Compendium of Resources on Sexual Assault (CORSA) is an innovative and practical tool to enhance community coordinated sexual assault response efforts. CORSA assists a broad range of Texas professionals from municipal and campus law enforcement to prosecutors and advocates. IDVSA developed CORSA to complement The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault Blueprint for Campus Law Enforcement, its groundbreaking work with campus law enforcement. CORSA includes Texas based case studies and a series of research based, trauma-informed Briefing Sheets for training.
CORSA includes the following components:
CORSA Decision Case Studies and Training Curricula: The curricula contains a collection of case studies developed from situations faced by Texas professionals in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution and advocacy. Each case study highlights decisions made by one of these professional cohorts and focuses on the real-life dilemmas the professionals encountered when working the particular sexual assault case. This training model and curricula promote opportunities to refine research-based approaches to sexual assault by fostering multi-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
Community Trainers: There are now over 30 trained professionals ready to deliver the CORSA training curriculum in communities throughout Texas. IDVSA experts trained law enforcement, prosecution, civil legal services, and advocacy professionals on these case studies so they can be delivered to local communities across Texas. For more information about CORSA trainers in your region of Texas, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briefing Sheets: CORSA includes 13 briefing sheets to further advance the practice of sexual assault response. Each briefing sheet offers a challenging circumstance faced by law enforcement officers (both campus and municipal), prosecutors, civil legal attorneys, and advocates when responding to sexual assault. The challenging circumstance is presented with common misinformation; barriers to investigations, prosecution, and advocacy; current science to inform practice; and best practices.
CORSA II, a second phase of the project begun in 2020, offers expanded resources, such as 5 brief training/educational videos and a set of 4 decision cases focused on various professional perspectives for a university sexual assault case. See the CORSA II page for more information and to access these resources.
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