Sex Crimes Litigation as Hazardous Duty: Practical Tools for Trauma-Exposed Prosecutors, Defense Counsel, and Paralegals

93 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2014 Last revised: 25 Jan 2016

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Evan R. Seamone

Mississippi College - School of Law

Date Written: June 17, 2014

Abstract

Criminal attorneys suffer symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress at greater levels than mental health clinicians. This article investigates the effects of attorney exposure to traumatic material in sex crimes cases, including child pornography. The article explores the differences and similarities in the manifestations of Secondary Traumatic Stress for prosecutors and defense counsel. With permission, the author reproduces several hard-to-find practical tools that have been developed to assist professionals of varied disciplines — including lawyers — in identifying and mitigating Secondary Traumatic Stress. While the article addresses special considerations for military attorneys, who are at even greater risks of secondary traumatization, the article is written for all attorneys who are exposed to traumatic case material.

Keywords: Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Sex Crimes, Child Pornogaphy, Compassion Fatigue, Military Sexual Trauma

Suggested Citation

Seamone, Evan R., Sex Crimes Litigation as Hazardous Duty: Practical Tools for Trauma-Exposed Prosecutors, Defense Counsel, and Paralegals (June 17, 2014). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2014, Mississippi College School of Law Research Paper, No. 2016-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456028

Evan R. Seamone (Contact Author)

Mississippi College - School of Law ( email )

151 East Griffith Street
Jackson, MS 39201
United States

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