“Believing is not about taking sides. It is about being educated and trained to know and understand the viewpoint of the perpetrator and the sexual assault survivor. Detective Justin Boardman approached me with respect, belief and compassion as he listened to details of my sexual assault. When you have dignity and grace ripped from your soul, the last thing you need are police officers whom do not know or understand how to charge a perpetrator. My life as a sexual assault survivor continues because of the support and care of Justin Boardman. He directed me to the resources and tools I needed to pick up the shattered pieces and move forward. There are not many like him! If you are considering educating yourself and others on this subject matter, he is whom you should contact. He is the reason I survived and he is making a difference in the life of emergency responders and sexual assault survivors alike. His care and compassion go beyond. I am honored to know him and grateful to have him walking me through the ever-exhausting legal system. Justice comes in many forms and although I may never find it in the courtroom, I have found it in my own life.”

Michelle Stagg Worthen
Sexual Assault Survivor

 

“I appreciate the realistic and practical information relevant to rapport-building with law enforcement and securing buy-in by demonstrating to law enforcement how trauma-informed principles impact not only victim-survivors but law enforcement professionals as well.”

Workshop Participant
2017 National Institute for SART Leaders – Sexual Violence Justice Institute, MNCASA