Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations

Sexual misconduct within the corporate and nonprofit sectors, from business, education and hospitality to sports, healthcare and government, can have staggering consequences for victims, the accused and the organizations with which they are affiliated. One only has to think about the recent high-profile cases that have been covered in the media to understand the damage that individuals and institutions suffer in personal, financial and reputational terms. Consider this:

  • According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes.
  • The National Institute of Justice says that 18-20% of women will experience rape or some other form of sexual assault during their college years.
  • Over 200,000 sexual assaults against children are reported to the police nationwide each year, according to the Crimes Against Children Research Center.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that one in four women and one in six men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • The AFL-CIO reports that an estimated 36,500 rapes and sexual assaults occur annually in the workplace.
  • Of more than 400 discrimination suits and settlements that were reported to the Federal Government in 2011, nearly 20% were sexual harassment claims and 37% involved the food service industry.
  • Alcohol-fueled encounters leading to sexual misconduct allegations are prevalent in the workplace and on campus, with studies indicating that at least 50% of sexual assault is associated with alcohol use.
THE CHALLENGES:

Statistics suggest that all organizations need to improve their handling of sexual misconduct, especially those entities involved with children and young adults. They must develop and document clear and effective policies prohibiting such behavior, and they need to provide regular training to raise awareness and educate individuals on their policies and the relevant subject area. There must be a mechanism in place for reporting instances of alleged misconduct and, when incidents are reported, organizations need documented procedures to follow. Organizations should always know when to seek outside, independent investigators with experience and expertise to help ensure that a comprehensive and unbiased inquiry is performed.

BENEFITS OF T&M:

T&M's Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division provides consulting, training and investigations of sexual misconduct issues and allegations. Led by Lisa M. Friel, one of the nation's preeminent experts in the field and the former chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for the New York County District Attorney, the division helps schools and businesses improve safety and reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct on campus and in the workplace. Throughout their careers, Ms. Friel and her team have investigated and supervised thousands of cases involving sexual assault and harassment, stalking, workplace violence, internet predators, unlawful surveillance and child pornography.

Under Ms. Friel's direction, T&M's Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division:

  • Analyzes existing training programs, policies and procedures and provides recommendations for improvement with the goal of achieving not just compliance with the law, but a “gold standard” of diligence;
  • Develops and enhances training, education and prevention programs that are customized, as appropriate, for management, administrators, faculty, students, parents, children, camp staff, others who supervise children, athletic organizations, first responders, clergy, health, human resource and security professionals; 
  • Evaluates past responses to incidents or claims of sexual misconduct and provides recommendations for improved handling of responses in the future; 
  • Engages in sensitive and skilled investigations of sexual misconduct claims, including interviews, gathering of evidence and preparation for adjudication;
  • Provides expert advice to personnel and their attorneys who are handling cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly in the areas of potential criminal behavior that may have occurred and the workings of the criminal justice process;
  • Offers specific and integrated steps to enhance reporting and response, improve safety, reduce financial liabilities, avoid scandal and rebuild trust with institutional stakeholders and with the public; and
  • Serves as an outside monitor to ensure an organization’s on-going compliance with its own protocols and procedures and efforts to reduce sexual misconduct.

The Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division is supported by T&M’s comprehensive portfolio of security and investigative capabilities, including a sophisticated Data Forensics division with in-house facilities to capture, recover and analyze data on cell phones, computers and other digital devices; an expert Investigations division to provide thorough and reliable background information and related investigative expertise as required; and a state-of-the-art Command Center that offers 24/7 intake of incident reports and coordinates appropriate follow-up and response.

 
Lisa M. Friel

Lisa M. Friel
Vice President
Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations
Direct: 212.417.9160
lfriel@tmprotection.com
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Press Releases


T&M Retained by the NFL to Provide Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Consulting Services

The National Association of Independent Schools Publishes Article by Lisa M. Friel and Marjory Fisher on Sexual Misconduct

Lisa M. Friel Participates as a Panelist During Prevention Strategies & Legal Updates on Sexual Misconduct Conference at Fordham University

Marjory Fisher, Former Bureau Chief of the Queens County DA's Office Special Victims Bureau, Joins T&M

Lisa M. Friel Participates in NAIS Webinar: Preventing & Responding to Educator Misconduct

Lisa M. Friel Participates in The Prevention Summit Presented by MassKids

Lisa M. Friel to Participate as Panelist in CLE Webinar: EEO Internal Investigations

Lisa M. Friel and Laura Kirschstein Featured in New York's Women Leaders in the Law 2013

T&M to Co-host Security Strategies for Schools Event

Laura Kirschstein to Provide Expertise at The Working Group on Girls Event

Lisa Friel to Participate as Panelist in CLE Webinar: EEO Internal Investigations

Head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Supports Child Abuse Awareness - It Almost Happened to Him

Lisa M. Friel Provides Workshop to NYS Association of Independent Schools

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month

After the Freeh Report on Penn State: A Call to Action

Lisa M. Friel on the Testimony of Dottie Sandusky: Spouses are Most Often in the Dark

Learning from the Sandusky Case: Have a Clear Reporting Process

Lisa M. Friel Participates as a Panelist on Sexual Misconduct Prevention at the NYSAIS Business Affairs Conference

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Cornell ILR Labor & Employment Law Program to Feature Lisa M. Friel

Lisa M. Friel to Speak to Society of Professional Investigators

Independent Expertise Urged for Sexual Misconduct Issues at Boston University

The Role of Social Media in School Affairs

Workplace Romance, Sexual Harassment and the Emergence of Love Contracts

UPDATED: Lisa M. Friel to Participate in Harvard Women's Law Association Conference

5 Tips to Help Prevent Sexual Misconduct at Workplace Parties & Events

Lisa M. Friel Evaluates Sandusky's Decision to Waive Hearing

Sex Abuse Evidence May Force Sandusky to Seek Plea Bargain

Lisa M. Friel Interviewed on CBS Baltimore's The Norris & Davis Show

T&M's Lisa M. Friel Interviewed on CNN's Piers Morgan

Lisa M. Friel Participates as Sex Crimes Expert in Cornell Panel Discussion

Top Sex Crimes Prosecutor Lisa M. Friel to Join T&M

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