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:
These statistics suggest that institutions in all walks of life need to improve their handling of sexual misconduct, especially those entities involved with children and young adults. They need to provide strong and effective policies prohibiting such behavior, better education and training regarding their policies and the substantive area, and when incidents are reported, they need to seek outside, independent investigators with experience and expertise. Only by engaging in these steps will the statistics above ever change and the damage presently being done to the individuals and institutions involved be eliminated.
T&M Protection Resources, a global security and investigations firm, has responded to this need by establishing a business division to provide consulting, training and investigations of sexual misconduct issues and allegations and has hired one of the nation’s preeminent experts in this field to lead it. T&M’s Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division is led by Lisa M. Friel, the former chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for the New York County District Attorney, where, for 25 years, she investigated and supervised thousands of cases involving sexual assault and harassment, stalking, workplace violence, internet predators, unlawful surveillance and child pornography. Her advice can help schools and businesses improve safety and reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct in the workplace and on campus. Her assistance will improve the quality of sexual misconduct investigations, which will serve to reduce the number of expensive and reputation-damaging lawsuits that get filed and mitigate the damages in those that do get filed.
Under Ms. Friel’s direction, T&M’s Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division can:
The Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division is supported by T&M’s comprehensive portfolio of security and investigative capabilities, including a state-of-the-art Command Center to provide 24/7 intake of incident reports and provide appropriate follow-up and response; a sophisticated Data Forensics division with in-house facilities to capture, recover and analyze data on cell phones, computers and other digital devices; a Corporate Investigations division to provide thorough and reliable background information; and an expert Private Investigations division to provide related investigative expertise as required.
T&M’s unique On-Call Program makes the full range of our security services and management expertise available to clients on an as-needed basis at preferential rates under a monthly access agreement. In addition to Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations, the On-Call Program is also available for our other services: