The training, sponsored by the Berkshire County Sexual Assault Investigation Network (SAIN) Team and the District Attorney's Office, focused on increasing the skills, knowledge, and readiness of community stakeholders in responding, reporting and investigating child abuse in Berkshire County, including attendees' individual responsibilities in the process and the importance of their roll in a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse cases.
The conference featured a presentation by Dr. Rebecca L. Moles of the UMass Memorial Medical Center, " Has This Child Been Abused: The Medical Component". Other speakers were Second Assistant District Attorney Joan M. McMenemy, Success in the Courtroom: A Collaborative Approach to Child Abuse Investigation; Massachusetts State Police Trooper Brian Berkel, Case Investigation: A No-Holds-Barred Approach to Corroboration; and Pittsfield Police Detective Dale Eason, Suspect Interviews: It's the Child's Fault and Other Common Themes for Child Abusers.
The Berkshire County SAIN Team provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to allegations of sexual abuse and serious physical abuse of children. This sensitive and well coordinated response reduces the trauma to a child and non-offending family members after a disclosure of abuse has been made. This team response creates a system of intervention, investigation and prosecution where the goal is to provide you and your family with the comprehensive services necessary to support you and your child when there are disclosures or concerns of abuse.