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Seminar Title:  
Modern Day Sexual Assault and Rape Investigations

DATES:  1/10/2022 through 1/11/2022

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  Drury Inn & Suites - 7939 Essen Park, Baton Rouge, LA  70809

HOTEL:  Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge, LA  225-766-2022
$89 Single/Double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Melissa comes with almost 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field, either working, researching, developing, or delivering education and training. Her employment history includes a paralegal in criminal law, a booking, and intake officer cross-trained in forensic crime scene investigation, and a former criminal justice and criminology professor for almost 15 years. In 2000, Melissa assisted in training and educating the FBI's Evidence Response Team in crime scene collection of human remains and time since death at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, the Body Farm. Her experience also includes developing and delivering mass fatalities and counter-terrorism education content at the Department of Homeland Security training division and the College of Forensic Psychology on expert witness courtroom testimony regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.


Melissa researched, developed, and taught many criminal justice and behavior courses as a college professor and developed a SACS accredited "military accepted"college degree program for an online associate degree in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. With a passion for understanding the criminal mind, Melissa developed and presented training content for the International IP Crime Investigator's College (IIPCIC), a UL and INTERPOL initiative on the topics "The Future of the Criminal Mind: Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web," and "Illicit Activityin the Free Trade Zones."  


In changing direction, she founded her business, "DeVille and Associates," a forensic consulting and interagency training firm. She has been consulting and training focusing on illicit topics such as cyber technology, cyber forensic psychology, cognitive and dark psychology, sexual deviance, and human trafficking.  


Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation topic is "A Case Study of Ineffective Legislation: Moral Panic and the Sex Offender Registry." Melissa also holds a master's degree in Safety Management with an additional emphasis in Criminology and a bachelorette degree in Criminology with a minor in abnormal psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Lastly, Melissa holds many recognitions, Psi Chi National Honorary Society (Ph.D. level), Alpha Chi National Honor Society (Ph.D. level), recognition of research on "Violence Against Women in the South," nomination for a distinguished faculty member for five consecutive years, and a letter of commendation for dedicated work on a sex offender case.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Times have changed from traditional sexual assault and rape investigations. Not to say traditional investigations are not important, but criminals evolve, and as a police officer/investigator, they must also evolve. This course focuses on modern day sexual assault and rape looking at different investigation techniques, including internet sex crimes. We will then discuss different types of offender/predator behavior and types moving onto understanding victimology and victim blaming. Learn about sex trafficking and what to look for during routine traffic stops and investigations. We will dive deep into internet sex crimes looking at both the surface web, the dark web, social media, gaming, including the statistics and lucrative future of child abuse material. This course will also discuss modern day technology and how society has evolved when understanding sexual assault and rape. We will briefly touch on the sex offender registration system and does it work? We will then ask the question is there a rape culture in America? In the World? This course will also discuss rape evidence and the crucial role of “getting it right,” including chain of command. This course will then close with a discussion on how sexual assault,rape and child abuse materials have changed due to Covid-19. We will gain a better understanding of the future of sexual assault, rape, including child abuse materials.


This event is packed with modern day statistics, data, and case studies. (2-day event)

UponCompletion Participantswill be able to:


  1. Gain an understanding of how traditional sexual assault and rape has evolved.

    1. Learn how and why officers and detectives must also evolve.

  2. Understand investigation techniques for modern day sexual assault and rape.

    1. Learn about the dire important of chain of command

    2. Understand rape evidence

    3. Learn about in-person investigations v. internet investigations, or Both!

  3. Understand different types of predators/offenders

    1. Understand criminology of sex offenders

    2. Learn different personalities of sex offenders

  4. Learn about the different types of victims and survivors

    1. Learn about victimology and victim blaming

    2. Learn personality traits and victim behavior

      1. Learn that not all victims respond the same way

  5. Learn about modern day sex trafficking and sex assault victims

    1. Learn what to look for during routine traffic stops and investigations

  6. Learn about surface web v. dark web regarding sex crimes, including child abuse materials

    1. Learn about dark web sites, social media, and gaming

    2. Learn about the role technology has played in mass increases

    3. Learn the pros and cons?

  7. Understand the rape culture in America and the World

    1. Learn about transnational sex assault and rape, including trafficking

    2. Learn about registered sex offenders and does it work?

  8. Learn how Covid-19 has changed the rape culture, including child abuse materials

  9. Learn the future of sexual assault, rape, including child abuse materials


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