National sexual assault expert to train Vt. law enforcement

BOLTON, Vt. (WCAX) A national sexual assault expert will be in Vermont to help police.

Dr. Kimberly Lonsway will train Vermont Law enforcement on best practices for working with sexual assault survivors.

The statewide training will be held in Bolton Friday. Over 75 Vermont law enforcement officers, prosecutors victim advocates, and allied professionals are expected to attend the day-long training.

Dr. Lonsway has trained thousands of professionals across the country. We're told she will provide information on alternative reporting options for sexual assault survivors who could be intimidated by the criminal justice process.

The training is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women S.T.O.P. (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) formula grant administered by CCVS.

“We are fortunate in Vermont to have such an amazing group of professionals who regularly work together on behalf of survivors and our communities,” said Chris Fenno, Executive Director of CCVS. “Receiving a high-level training from a national expert like Dr. Lonsway is a tremendous opportunity for the state.”